CONSOLATION FINAL: Axemen beat Ryerson to finish fifth
HALIFAX (CIS) – The eighth-seeded Acadia Axemen erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the No. 7 Ryerson Rams 90-83 in overtime in the fifth-place game of the 50th CIS men’s basketball championship, presented by Subway, Sunday morning at the Metro Centre.
The AUS champions return home from the national tournament with a 2-1 record. The Axemen, who had finished seventh at last year’s Final 8, lost 82-68 to No. 1 Carleton in Friday’s quarter-final round before defeating No. 4 Lakehead 84-75 in consolation action on Saturday.
Ryerson, the OUA finalist, kept a 1-2 mark this weekend, including an 81-52 first-round loss to No. 2 Alberta and an 84-80 consolation victory against No. 3 Concordia. The sixth-place finish is the best in history for the Rams, who had placed seventh in their only previous CIS championship appearance in 1999.
Acadia was paced for the second day in a row by 6-foot-10 forward Owen Klassen. The native of Kingston, Ont., tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double.
Four of his teammates also scored in double figures, including Anthony Sears of Riverview, N.B., with 20 points, Anthony Ashe of Stittsville, Ont., with 16, freshman Sean Stoqua of Ottawa, with 14, and Jonathan Tull of Ajax, Ont., with 10.
Aaron Best, a rookie from Scarborough, Ont., was spectacular for Ryerson in the losing cause with 30 points, while Jahmal Jones, a sophomore from Mississauga, Ont., contributed 20. In his final university outing, Luke Staniscia of Pefferlaw, Ont., was named the Rams game MVP after he grabbed a match-high 14 rebounds.
Acadia head coach Stephen Baur found some consolation in his team’s fifth-place finish.
“We found it frustrating that we didn’t make it past the first round but today’s win against a good team like Ryerson was as good as it was going to get.”
Trailing 24-21 after the first quarter, 38-33 at halftime and 68-61 after 30 minutes, the Axemen found themselves down 72-61 with 8:32 left in regulation following a bucket by Best.
Still down by six (76-70) with three minutes remaining, Acadia tied it at 76 all with 53 seconds on the clock but Ryerson regained the lead with 32 seconds left thanks to a pair of Best free throws.
Ashe saved the day for the AUS champs when he hit his two free throws with three seconds to go after being fouled by Ola Adegboruwa, thus forcing overtime.
The Axemen opened the extra session with an 8-1 run to put the game away.
Scoring by quarter:
ACA 21-12-28-17-12: 90
RYE 24-14-30-10-5: 83
Points: Owen Klassen (21), Anthony Sears (20), Anthony Ashe (16)
Rebounds: Owen Klassen (12), Anthony Ashe (9)
Assists: Sean Stoqua (6)
Subway player of the game: Owen Klassen
Points: Aaron Best (30), Jahmal Jones (20), Ola Adegboruwa (11)
Rebounds: Luke Staniscia (14), Aaron Best (6)
Assists: Jahmal Jones (4), Ola Adegboruwa (4)
Subway player of the game: Jahmal Jones
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 84, Concordia 80
18:00 Semifinal #1: Carleton 83, Fraser Valley 65
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta 91, StFX 83
Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): Acadia 90, Ryerson 83 (OT)
13:15 Bronze medal game: No. 5 Fraser Valley vs. No. 6 StFX
16:30 Championship final: No. 1 Carleton vs. No. 2 Alberta