SYDNEY, N.S. – The hometown Cape Breton Capers won their third game in a row, as they took care of the visiting Axemen 82-56 in convincing fashion.
The Capers got off to a fantastic start pressuring Acadia into turnovers during the first quarter and jumped out to a 22-9 first quarter lead. The 2nd quarter was an evenly contested quarter with both teams playing solid defence and both teams putting up 15 points.
Cape Breton took a 37-24 lead into the locker room and came out in the thrd just as they did in the first with stifling defence that forced Acadia into a lot of turnovers highlighted by a Eugene Kankue (Ottawa, ON) dunk. Cape Breton outscored the Axemen 26-13 in the third.
Even with the game well in hand in the final quarter, the Capers continued to hustle to the final buzzer. The Axemen were led in scoring by Rowan Power with 9 pts.
The leading scorer for the CAPERS was current AUS leading scorer Osman Omar (Mississauga, On) with 26 points.
Turning point – The Capers came out of the break and went on an extended run to put the game out of the reach in the third quarter. A pair of steals by Eugene Kankue led to 4 quick points and put Cape Breton up by 20.
- CBU's Omar led all scorers with 26 points
- Paul Watson (Mississauga, ON) of the Capers had a game high 9 rebounds
- Caper rookie Jason Callaghan (Sydney, NS) had 6 assists
- Omar had four 3-pointers to lead all shooters
News & Notes
The Subway Player of the Game was Osman Omar
The Capers are now 7-5 and sit in third place in the AUS standings.
The Axemen fall to 4-8 and are currently in the last playoff position in sixth place.
Cape Breton's next game is at home on January 26th against Dalhousie. The Axemen will host the Saint Mary's Huskies on Thursday, January 24 and 26.