Brock Pulls Away in Fourth Quarter, Takes The Victory Over Dalhousie
Mark Gibson – 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 28 mins
Jameson Tipping – 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 16 mins
Robert Nortmann – 17 points, 8 rebounds, 29 mins
PHOTO COURTESY: NICK PEARCE, DALHOUSIE AHTLETICS
Halifax, NS–Brock looked to continue its winning on the East Coast after taking care of business against a CCAA opponent in Mount Saint Vincent the night before. Dalhousie was looking to build after winning its game against UQAM last weekend.
The game was extremely hard fought until the fourth quarter where the Badgers prevailed by a score of 78-62.
In the first quarter, fifth year senior Robert Nortmann came out firing, showing his ability to shoot from the perimeter. He led the way for Dal with a team-high 17 points.
Dalhousie was able to hold on a slight lead going into the second quarter.
Brock decided that it would be a good idea to start applying full court defensive pressure, however the Tigers were easily able to break the press and push the ball up the court for easy baskets.
Dal missed too many easy layups and were down by three going into half, where they could have been up.
John Campbell must have said something to the team at halftime because the Tigers locked down defensively and were able to start clicking again offensively and took a lead going into the fourth quarter.
If there was a turning point it would have been the final quarter. Brock was able to really pull away with a technical foul by Ritchie Kanza on the and-1 play which allowed the Badgers to get five easy points in a matter of seconds.
From there on in, it was all Brock. The Badgers were able to keep hitting three pointers throughout the game allowing them to keep pace and extend their lead at different times in the game.
All of the Tiger rookies saw action and walk on Matthew Bertolissi saw his first minutes in CIS action was able to hit his only attempted shot, a three pointer, giving him a perfect shooting percentage for his career.
After the game, NPH caught up with Coach Brad Rootes and asked him about his thoughts on the game. “It was a good win for us, but it wasn’t necessarily a good game, I don’t think either team played particularly well, we both kind of grinded it out and I think we found our groove before they did, I think both teams were kind of rusty and a little bit sloppy early in the season.”
Dal’s Coach John Campbell also spoke to us after the game.
“The biggest thing for us is attention to detail, we need to do a better job of boxing out to counter our lack of size and take better care of the ball, we are emotionally unstable, and we have to learn to play with composure throughout, we are young and inexperienced and hopefully we can grow throughout the season”.