Tuesday, February 11, 2020
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
THE Atlantic University Sport conference championships will have a strong Bahamian presence after three teams clinched spots in the playoffs or top seeding over the weekend.
The AUS Championship will be hosted February 28 to March 1 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Shamar Burrows, Jordan Wilson, and the Dalhousie Tigers clinched a first-round bye, while Azaro Roker and his St Francis Xavier X-Men along with Sebastian Gray, Qyemah Gibson, and the St Mary’s Huskies earned playoff berths.
The Tigers are the defending AUS champions and extended their win streak to seven with last week’s wins over the X-Men and most recently over the Cape Breton Capers Sunday night.
Burrows finished with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists while Wilson scored 12 in the 96-84 win over the X-Men.
Roker finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Tigers trailed 49-39 at the half but rallied in the second half.
Burrows assisted on a pair of baskets to give Dalhousie an 86-78 lead late.
The Tigers completed the weekend with an 83-68 win over the Capers to improve to 17-1.
Burrows finished with eight points while Wilson had four points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Saint Mary’s Huskies have overturned a slow start to the season and clinched their spot in the playoffs with their fourth consecutive win, 81-78 over the Capers.
Gray scored a season high 25 points.
He shot 10-19 from the field in the win as the Huskies improved to 9-8 on the season.
The Huskies began the week with an 84-65 win over the Acadia Axemen. Gray finished with 13 points and seven rebounds while Gibson scored 12.
The StFX X-Men bounced back from their loss to the Tigers to defeat the UNB Reds 87-81 and improve to 10-7, second in the conference.
Roker, the leading rebounder and third leading scorer in the conference, posted another double double - 24 points and 16 rebounds.