Wilson, Burrows And Tigers Remain No. 2 In Canada

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


#Tribune Sports Reporter


#AS U Sports men’s basketball heads into the winter break, Jordan Wilson, Shamar Burrows and the Dalhousie Tigers remain the No. 2 ranked team to headline Bahamian players competing at the top level in Canada.

#The Tigers are currently 6-0 and one of three undefeated teams in the country along with No.1 Carleton (8-0) and No.3 Calgary (6-0).

#Dalhousie closed out the first portion of its schedule with a 94-75 win over the Acadia Axemen. Wilson finished with a team high six rebounds. The Tigers head to Memorial for two games beginning on January 4.

#Wilson is averaging 9.7 points and a team high 6.3 rebounds per game nearly doubling his totals from last season of 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He has also been a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line this season.

#His season was highlighted in early November when he went on to earn Dalhousie’s Muscle Milk Male Athlete of the Week Award.

#In game one, the Tigers won 82-53.

#The versatile forward finished with a double double – 14 points and 10 rebounds – seven of them in the offensive and received Subway Player of the Game honours in the win.

#Burrows has thrived as a more consistent member of the Tigers’ rotation.

#This season, he is averaging seven points and four rebounds per game off the bench and has set several career highs.

#He averaged 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game last season.

#Last season, the Tigers finished the regular season 14-5, won the AUS Conference Championship (the fourth in five years) and finished fourth overall in the U Sports Final Eight.

#Azaro Roker and the St Francis Xavier X-Men headed into the break below .500 at 3-4 with a split against the Memorial Seahawks.

#In game one, the X-Men came away with a 99-91 win in overtime powered by one of Roker’s best game of the season – 23 points and 11 rebounds.

#In a back-and-forth game that saw several lead changes, the Sea Hawks were up by 16 late in the third quarter before the X-Men mounted a fourth quarter comeback for the win.

#In game two, Roker was again the star on both ends of the floor but was unable to match the Sea Hawks.

#He finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds but Memorial won 102-85.

#StFX was up by three, 69-66, headed into the fourth quarter but were outscored by 20 in the final period (36-16) in the final period.

#The fourth place X-Men will next see action on Saturday, January 4 when they travel to Fredericton for a game against the UNB Reds.

#In his final season, Roker is averaging 17.9 points and 13.1 rebounds per game to lead the X-Men.

#Last season he averaged 10 points and was a conference leader with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots per game

#The X-Men were the No.5 seed in the AUS tournament, but were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

#An up and down season for the St Mary’s Huskies continues as they headed into the break with a lopsided loss 91-69 at the hands of UNB.

#Qyemah Gibson finished with 17 points and six rebounds while Sebastian Gray scored eight.

#The Huskies fell to 3-5.

#In his second season with the programme, Gibson is second on the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

#Sebastian Gray is averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in his first season as a Husky.

#The Huskies will be on the road when the season resumes January 4 to take on the Cape Breton Capers.

#Last season, St Mary’s concluded the regular season at 19-1 and finished in first place in the AUS standings.

#In the conference finals the Huskies were the subject of the biggest upset of the season when they lost to the Tigers.

#The Huskies advanced to the U Sports Men’s Basketball Final Eight last season and finished sixth overall.

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