The men’s Seawolves basketball team succumbed to defeat against the University of Maine at Presque-Isle Owls in the final game of match day one of the 2015 CAN-AM Classic at UNB Saint John.
Near the end of an incredibly even and fast paced first half, the Seawolves were unable to maintain the pace against their counterparts they had strongly sustained in the opening minutes.
With around four minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Seawolves were only trailing 22-21 to the Owls, but in a matter of minutes, the home side allowed 17 points to be scored against them, while only netting two points.
This surge by the Owls proved the be the turning point of the game, despite having three Seawolves players with points in the double digits, and an impressive 12 rebounds by rookie Liam Sipkema.
The Seawolves did however, rally in the fourth quarter to score 24 points to the Owls’ 17, but it was not enough to prevent a final score of 76-63.
Owls’ Maurice Harris had a game-high 21 points, 13 blocks (7 offensive and 6 defensive), and 2 blocks to lead his team to victory.
Nick Huggard, one of the veteran leaders for the Seawolves, led the home side with 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.