In their second and final game of the 2015 CAN-AM Classic, the UNB Saint John Seawolves men’s basketball team succumbed to their second loss of the weekend at the hands of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals.
In first quarter action, point allocation was fairly even as both sides exchanged points back and forth. The Seawolves were energetic and had quick feet, but this vigor soon diminished as the Bengals took control.
All seven of the Bengals players recorded points on Sunday night, with five of them hitting double digits point figures.
Initially, it was the Bengals 84.6% free throw percentage that allowed even greater distance points wise between them and the Seawolves in the first half. While the Bengals shooting percentage from the three point line left much to be desired, it was their success in taking away the Seawolves opportunities in the defensive zone that defined the total distance of the final score.
Not to say that the Seawolves did not continue to tirelessly work hard, but in the defensive zone, the Bengals were impeccable.
As a team, the Bengals recorded 18 steals in the game, 5 blocks, and 65% of their rebounds were in the defensive zone.
Combined with Bengals player of the game Joseph McCloskey who scored 29 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocks, the Bengals were too formidable for the Seawolves to overcome this CAN-AM Classic.
Seawolves’ first year player Thomas Van Steeg was awarded player of the game honours after recording 14 points in 13:14 played. Ryan Foster, who recently returned from injury this weekend, matched Van Steeg’s point total, and also added 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
The men’s Seawolves basketball team concluded the 2015 CAN-AM Classic with an 0-2 record after loosing 90-66 to the Bengals Sunday night. The Seawolves will travel to the University of Maine at Presque-Isle next January for the 2016 CAN-AM Classic.