Courtesy of StFX Athletics
Antigonish, NS – In the first semifinal game at the 37th annual X-Men Basketball Pizza Delight Invitational tournament, the Dalhousie Tigers edged the Saint Mary's Huskies 102-100 in overtime.
The Tigers held a 12 point lead midway through the fourth quarter but the Huskies fought their way back into the game and tied it 88-88 at the end of regulation to force the overtime period. Cedric Sanogo (Montreal, QC) had a chance to win it for the Tigers with eight second left on the clock but his jumper didn't fall.
The five minute extra frame was close and the Huskies went up 100-96 with a minute and half to play but saw their lead erased as the Tigers came back with consecutive jumpers by player of the game Kevin Duong (Montreal, QC) and good defense down the stretch.
Duong finished the game with 20 points, along with four rebounds and a pair of assists. Sanogo scored a team-high 21 points and had four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Jordan Aquino-Serjue (Montreal, QC) scored 18and had three boards, while Sven Stammberger (Halifax, NS) netted 17 and had six rebounds, five assists and a steal for the Tigers, who held a 40-39 advantage at halftime.
Leading the Huskies on the scoreboard was Marquis Clayton (Halifax, NS) who had a double-double night with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a pair of steals and a block.
Kemar Alleyne (Scarborough, ON) scored 20 in the losing effort and had two boards, four assists and a steal. Achuil Lual (Ottawa, ON) and Osman Barrie (Ottawa, ON) each netted 14 points for SMU with Barrie hauling in six rebounds. Brian Rouse (Mississauga, ON) contributed 13 points.
With the win the Tigers advance to the tournament championship game on Saturday evening at 8:00 pm. They will play the winner of the StFX-MSVU game, while the losing team will take on the Huskies in consolation action at 6:00 pm.