St. John's, NL – The StFX X-Men picked up their first win of the AUS season with a high-scoring 103-96 victory over the Memorial Sea-Hawks Saturday evening.
The teams were evenly matched between the first two quarters of their two-game weekend series. Memorial took the first quarter 29-28, and the X-Men took the second quarter 24-18, and held a 52-47 lead at halftime. The X-Men had a successful shooting performance through the first half, making 23 of 37 shots (62.2%).
The X-Men applied pressure during the second quarter, creating fast break points off turnovers. Julius Antoine led StFX in the first half, scoring 18 points on 7 for 9 shooting. For Memorial, Nathan Barker continued his consistent performance from last weekend, leading the Sea-Hawks with 14 points, on 6 for 11 from the field.
The intensity was heightened in the second half, especially in the third quarter. Paddy Dawe provided a strong spark for the Sea-Hawks with a resounding dunk. Teammate Daniel Gordon had an excellent third quarter as well, scoring 11 points, including a three-pointer at the end to tie up the game at 74-74 heading into the fourth. Gordon ended with a game-high 30 points, shooting 4 for 10 from beyond the arc.
The X-Men competed with Memorial, making clutch plays down the stretch to counter the intense Fieldhouse atmosphere. Two X-Men ended with 20+ points, Kevin Bercy (23) and Subway Player of the Game Julius Antoine (27). Bercy led the X-Men in rebounding with eight.
Davion Parnsalu led the Sea-Hawks in rebounding with eight, while Gordon and Nathan Barker hauled in seven rebounds apiece. Barker also scored 23 points on the night and Parnsalu scored 15.
While the X-Men earned their first win of the season, the Sea-Hawks are still searching for their first victory. The same two squads tip-off again tomorrow at 2:00 pm.
Courtesy Jacob Riche, Memorial sports information