Sunday, October 10, 2010

X Beats Lakehead in Garland Tournament Final

The St. F.X. X Men topped the Thunderwolves 107-89 in the championship game of the UNB tournament this morning in Fredericton.
The X-Men, who have five 5th year seniors were led by two of them - Christian Upshaw and Dwayne Johnson. Upshaw penetrated into the paint seemingly at will and was a force in transition. He finished with 34 points on 10-24 shooting. Johnson was a beast on the boards earning many more than the 8 rebounds he was credited with and torched the 'Wolves for (potential career high?) 28 points. Lakehead was led by Venzal Russell with 22 points and 3 steals. Greg Carter had 15 and 4 steals while Yoosrie Salhia had 15 points 8 rebounds.
The real story of the game was the fouls and free throw shooting. St. F.X were granted an astounding 50 free throws connecting on 40. Lakehead shot 11-20 from the line.

"St FX outplayed us today in transition and in the half court where they continually beat us middle on penetration and earned extra chances on the O glass. X is a difficult match-up because they are experienced, talented and can present a bigger and/or faster lineup depending on the opponent and situation. "
- Coach Scott Morrison

Lakehead continues its east coast swing this week in Halifax. The team will travel to NS on Monday and set up mini-camp for 3 days. The pre-season portion of their schedule will conclude with games against Dalhousie (Thurs 7pm), Acadia (Fri 7pm), Saint Mary's (Sat 4pm).

"The goal for this road trip remains the same - to improve each night and get ourselves to a positon to be ready to compete when the OUA schedule begins in November. We showed some great flashes this weekend but need to focus on taking better care of the ball and putting forth a better effort to stick to the gameplan on the defensive end."
- Coach Scott Morrison

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