Seawolves Men’s basketball struggles after weekend match-up against MSVU and Crandall

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Point Guard, Paul Gerges, looks to set up play during weekend play. Photo: Emily Fox
Point Guard, Paul Gerges, looks to set up play during weekend play. Photo: Emily Fox

The UNB Saint John Seawolves entered last weekend feeling confident, but prepared for opposition as they hosted the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics and the Crandall University Chargers. They came into the weekend having a win and a loss under their belt, scoring of a season high 111 points against Dalhousie AC and a very close loss to Holland College.

Saturday’s match-up was against Mount Saint Vincent, the first meeting between the two teams since the holiday break. The Seawolves were looking for a second win over the Mystic, who they beat back on November 22 by a score of 73-57.

MSVU had a different plan, looking to shut down the Seawolves, and to improve their record having won 3 of their previous four games heading into the weekend.

The Mystics piled on early, grabbing an early lead and holding it for the entire game. The game ended with a final score of 76-62.

Derek Norris was the player to beat, scoring a game-high 16 points and grabbing 9 rebounds for the Mystics while forward, David Boulay posted 14 points, 8 rebounds and played a whopping 33 minutes.

For the Seawolves, Jarred Crawford scored 11 points, while Lars Moffatt and Matthew Brown both added 10 points from the bench. Starter Liam Sipkema managed a game-high 10 rebounds however was not enough for the Seawolves.

Coming off of that loss, the Seawolves hoped to handle the game a bit differently in order to put the pressure on the Crandall University Chargers, who had a record of 8 wins, 4 losses, including a big win over the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Rams in which they won 101 – 22.

The Seawolves bench poured in over half of their points this game with Neils Vincent leading the pack at 11 points. Lars Moffat managed 10 pts and 4 rebounds for the Seawolves.

Crandall kept the pressure up against the Seawolves, which proved to be too much for the Saint John team and when the buzzer ended the game it was 100 – 67 for the Chargers.

Brandon Fields and Trenity Burdine led the Chargers with 17 points, having four of five starting players hitting double digits. The Chargers managed 32 points off 30 UNBSJ turnovers, and 22 second chance points helped by Hassan Maidal with 11 rebounds.

The Seawolves came out of the weekend with 5 wins and 8 losses, and are away this weekend playing University of Kings College on January 30 followed by a rematch at Mount Saint Vincent on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast on ACAA TV with start times at 5 pm and 2 pm respectively.