NPH Top Performers
- Tory Fassett– 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals
- Miguel Pink– 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
- Jerome Smith– 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal
- Anthony Ashe– 14 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
- Anthony Sears– 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
- Owen Klassen– 13 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assists
WOLFEVILLE, NS–After handing the UPEI Panthers their first two regular season losses this past weekend at Saint Mary’s, the HOT Huskies rolled into Acadia and killed any role the Axemen were getting after a lopsided victory over Cape Breton.
A game that most would predict to be a bit of a shootout with Saint Mary’s NPH #8-ranked Tory Fassett and Acadia’s Anthony Sears turned out to be a basketball war and a defensive battle with SMU defeating Acadia 70-61.
Sears who was coming off a 35-point, 14/15 FG game had the same type of shots against SMU, but the difference was that the Huskies pressured everything and forced Sears into contorting every shot into a 5/14 performance.
Fassett who was coming off a 27-point outing did not disappoint by dropping 21 on 7/17 shooting. Fassett’s ability to play in the mid range is phenomenal and was certainly displayed throughout the game.
Again, the story of this game was the effort put in by both teams and the defensive intensity. Unfortunately for Acadia, the much more mature Huskies were better at banging it out and staying focused on team play.
Saint Mary’s relied on team play and making the extra pass to break down Acadia’s defense in the second half after a 30-30 half time score. SMU provided a flash back to the National Championship when Patrick Talouse and Cory Janes were patrolling the paint and mentally/physically beating opponents as this is how they broke the individually oriented Axemen down.
Miguel Pink who brought an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm to the game knocked down five triples on his way to a 17 point performance and Anthony Ashe of Acadia made key shots in the fourth to keep Acadia close and finished with 14 points on 6/12 shooting.
Miguel Pink told NPH after the game, “we just believe in each other and trust each other and play hard for each other” at which point Tory Fassett interjected and with a great big smile stated “we D’d it up tonight.”
The pride with which Fassett stated his team’s defensive prowess showed a prolific scorers true focus and why Saint Mary’s is the hottest team in the AUS.
In other AUS action, the Cape Breton Capers handed the St Francis Xavier X-Men their first loss of the 2011/12 campaign 101-88. Jimmy Dorsey led the Capers with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Terry Thomas led St FX with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.