NPH TOP PERFORMERS
St. Francis Xavier
- Jimmy Dorsey– 22 pts
- Al Alilovic- 13 pts
- Julian Smith- 11 pts
PHOTO COURTESY: ST FX ATHLETICS
ANTIGONISH,NS—The St FX – CBU rivalry is as strong as always and a great way to tip off the 2011/12 season. And if the game in Antigonish is any indication of the season to come, then what a great year it is going to be! The two teams battled hard until St FX opened up a lead to take the victory, 88-69.
The Capers came out of the gate to prove that they are still a legit team despite the loss of their top produducer Paris Carter to graduation.
They held X scoreless for the first six minutes and 32 seconds and opened up an 11-0 lead until Terry Thomas’ finger role got X on the board.
CBU used solid team play throughout the first quarter on both ends of the floor while X relied on individual talent. James Dorsey led the Capes and had a huge spin back three to make the score 18-3 CBU.
Terry Thomas kept X in the game highlighted by a huge transition dunk to make the quarter ending score 18 – 11 CBU.
The second quarter continued with X establishing control of the game. Thomas had an offensive put back and a back door baseline jam to open the scoring and narrow the gap to 18-15. CBU continued to play hard and with purpose scraping up loose balls and creating and one’s as well as crashing the boards.
Al Alilovic led the effort and the assualt on the boards and pushed CBU’s lead to 30-17 with five minutes pending.
In the third quarter, Will Dunkoh’s aggression and flow continued and X’s trapping of the high ball screen chased CBU into a time out within four minutes and closed the score to 43 – 40. X really started to get out in transition. The flurry continued as the teams exchanged baskets towards the end of the quarter and CBU’s lead continued to wilt under X’s pressure and the quarter ended with the score jotted at 58.
St FX opened the fourth on a 4-0 run and CBU breaks down as X rookie guard Marquis Clayton gets fouled by Dorsey (4th) on a baseline drive. The two players continue “jawing” during the free throws and are assessed double technicals making it Dorsey’s 5th personal.
X continues the president and despite Capers guard Julian Smith’s great play in the fourth, X’s team play continued and captain Jeremy Dunn went on a mini run as X cruised to a 88-69 win.
Shane Copeland was named player of the game for X because of his many timely plays.