ACAA BASKETBALL PLAYOFF RECAP

ACAA BASKETBALL PLAYOFF RECAP



CRANDALL CHARGERS 2014/15 ACAA PLAYOFFS

Quarter-Finals
Women
1:00pm - MTA (5) 72 vs. CU (4) 52

Crandall Chargers Women's Basketball punched a ticket to playoffs for the first time since 2009.  They were in line to face the Mount Allison Mounties, a team they had swept the season series 3-0 in 2014/15. 

The first quarter was very much a back and forth game, with both teams settling in with several shots, but the Chargers were hanging in tough as the Mounties took the 1st quarter 19-15.  Then a trend of MTA not being able to miss a 3 point shot began, and the Chargers found themselves watching their opponent drain 8/15 from beyond the arc.  Widening the gap and taking a 38-25 lead into the half.

Chargers knew they would have to get out on the Mounties shooters to be able to come back, which they did in the 3rd quarter as defensively they stepped up.   But the gap was too much to Crandall to overcome, and eventually lost 52-72.  Senteria Renwicks was named player of the game, with 16 points and 5 rebounds, while teammate Shamera O'Neal posted a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The women had an outstanding season, and will hope to continue to build off of the lessons they learned throughout the season.

Quarter-Finals
Men
5:00pm - UNBSJ (6) 61 vs. CU (3) 69
 
In the final quarter-final match of the day at the 2014-15 ACAA Basketball Championships, a youthful men’s Seawolves basketball took on the third seeded Crandall University Chargers.  Crandall had swept the regular season series vs UNBSJ 3-0.

Chargers were in control for the entire first half, winning both quarters and leading 39-30 heading into the half.  But after the break, UNBSJ came out intense and feeding off their home crowd.  They closed the gap 49-51 to within 2 points, setting up for what could be an upset.   But the Chargers held strong defensively down the stretch and won 69-61.   Thomarcus Nix was the player of the game posting a double-double, 19pts, 10reb.
 
Semi-Finals
7:00pm - MTA (2) 68 vs. CU (3) 83

This matchup was going to be a real test for both teams, as they finished with the same regular season record, but MTA had the tie-breaker winning 2/3 games vs the Chargers.    The match lived up to the anticipation, as the rivals were set to lock horns.  Mount Allison took the first quarter 21-19, while Crandall took the second quarter 21-17, with both teams shooting high percentages in the half.   After the break, not much changed as the teams equally drained 22 points in the 3rd.  The 4th quarter was when the Chargers began to pull away, and increase their shooting % to .500 in the second half, outscoring the Mounties 21-8 to win the game 83-68.
Akil Charles led the way with a 26 point, 5 assist, 4 steals performance. Dut Dut also posted a double-double with 16pts, 10rebs.

Finals
Men – 3:30pm HC (1) 96 vs. CU (3) 91
 
This was the matchup everyone was looking forward to, as the Hurricanes were undefeated, but Crandall was the one team that put them to the test this season, losing by just 4 points in two of the regular season games.

Holland was red hot getting into the paint, and ice cold from beyond the arc, as they were in control for most of the first half taking a 10 point, 45-35 lead into the half.
Thomarcus Nix, and Dakeyo Downey tied for 6 defensive rebounds each in the first half, proving that the Chargers could lead a strong defensive game.

After half time the Chargers had the strong start. Taking advantage of scoring opportunities, took the third quarter 20-14 with intense defensive play and the Chargers made their way back into the game. As the tension rose between both teams, players started to get aggressive.
  Both teams fighting for every basket made it clear that this was going to be a battle.  In the fourth quarter the Hurricanes bench grew quiet as the Crandall fans, and the Chargers closed in, but with the Hurricanes quick ball movement the Chargers weren’t taking anything for granted.

As intensity grew, Crandall closed in tying the game at 69-69 in the fourth quarter and shortly after the Chargers took the lead.  As the intense match continued its quick pace back and forth, Holland College once again took the lead 81-79 in the fourth quarter. It didn’t take long for the Chargers to tie it up once again with a growing determination to take the game and sending the game in to over-time.

The next 5 minutes became a back and forth match, and the crowd stood with anticipation and nervousness.  Holland couldn't stop Thomarcus Nix, as he scored all of the Chargers points in OT, but with 9 seconds to go in overtime and the Hurricane’s Eamon Morrissy put
back a free throw to give Holland College the lead and the ACAA Championship 96-91.

Dakeyo Downey had a stand out game posting a 13,10 double-double, while Nix had 21 points, and Charles drained 23.

It was an incredible season for the men as they were rebuilding after a break out 2013/14 season.  Both Chargers teams will look to build off the momentum gained in the 2014/15 season.


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