CONSOLATION #1: Axemen beat Lakehead, to play for 5th place
Photo credit Nick Pearce
HALIFAX (CIS) – Owen Klassen had a 27-point, 15-rebound double-double as the eighth-seeded Acadia Axemen advanced the consolation final of the 50th CIS men’s basketball championship, presented by Subway, thanks to an 84-75 win over the No. 5 Lakehead Thunderwolves at the Metro Centre, Saturday afternoon.
The AUS champion Axemen, who finished seventh at last year’s Final 8, will battle for fifth place Sunday at 11 a.m. Atlantic. They will face either No. 3 Concordia or No. 7 Ryerson.
The Thunderwolves, who had received the at-large entry for the national tournament, return to Thunder Bay with an 0-2 record.
Acadia trailed 61-54 heading into the fourth quarter but outscored their rivals 30-14 in the final frame, including a 20-5 run to end the contest.
The Axemen led 19-14 after the opening quarter and 36-33 at halftime but Lakekead dominated the third period 28-18.
“We really wanted to get something going in this game but after yesterday, it was a bit of a letdown. I thought both teams had a slow start but we finished well the way we intended too,” said Acadia head coach Stephen Baur. “The team had a lot to prove today. We had a bit of a chip on our shoulders after the way things had gone but today we wanted to prove that we should not have been the eighth seed.”
Klassen, a 6-foot-10 forward from Kingston, Ont., was named a second-team all-Canadian this season, his third with Acadia. He was voted player of the match for the winners after shooting 6-of-9 from the floor and 15-of-19 from the charity stripe, while grabbing nine defensive rebounds and six on offence.
Anthony Sears of Riverview, N.B., and Anthony Ashe of Stittsville, Ont., contributed 17 points apiece in the win, while Jonathan Tull of Ajax, Ont., scored 10.
Greg Carter of Ottawa, who was named the CIS defensive player of the year before the championship, was Lakehead’s game MVP. The fourth-year guard finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Ben Johnson of Pictou, N.S., and Joseph Jones of Washington, DC, scored 12 points apiece in the loss.
The Axemen held the lead the entire first half, with the exception of a 28-28 tie midway through the second quarter.
The T-Wolves took their first lead of the game two minutes into the third when a pair of Carter free throws made it 41-40 Lakehead.
The OUA West finalists were still ahead 70-64 with seven minutes remaining in the contest when the Axemen went on their game-winning run that featured seven points each by Klassen and Sears.
Scoring by quarter:
ACA 19-17-18-30: 84
LAK 14-19-28-14: 75
Points: Owen Klassen (27), Anthony Sears (17), Anthony Ashe (17)
Rebounds: Owen Klassen (15), Anthony Sears (7), Anthony Ashe (7)
Assists: Sean Stoqua (4)
Subway player of the game: Owen Klassen
Points: Greg Carter (15), Ben Johnson (12), Joseph Jones (12)
Rebounds: Greg Carter (10), Ben Johnson (8), Joseph Nitychoruk (8)
Assists: Greg Carter (6)
Subway player of the game: Greg Carter
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)
NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada
Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82
Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia 84, Lakehead 75
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson vs. Concordia
18:00 Semifinal #1: Fraser Valley vs. Carleton
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta vs. StFX
Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): Acadia vs. TBD
13:15 Bronze medal game
16:30 Championship final