PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted the first day of the annual CAN/AM Tournament on Saturday. In women's action, U-Maine Fort Kent defeated the University of New Brunswick-St. John 86-33, and UNB-St. John defeated UMPI 52-43. The U-Maine Fort Kent men defeated UNB-St. John 93-58, and UMPI beat UNB-St. John 70-62.
Game 1 – Women's Basketball – U-Maine Fort Kent (11-3) def. UNB-St. John (1-5) 86-33
The Bengals never trailed, beginning the game with a 19-5 run that the Seawolves were never able to recover from. Fifty-one percent shooting from the floor helped boost UMFK to a sizeable 47-19 lead at the half. UNB-St. John's offense got cold in the second half, allowing the Bengals to cruise to an 86-33 victory.
Samantha Carapellucci (SR, Fort Kent, ME) would lead all scorers with 24 points, while grabbing nine rebounds. Ericka Saucier would tally a double-double, scoring 20 while collecting 12 rebounds. The Seawolves' Allyson McLaughlin (JR, Rothesey, NB) scored 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds in the losing effort.
These two teams will meet again on Sunday at 10 AM in game five of the CAN/AM Classic.
Game 2 – Men's Basketball – U-Maine Fort Kent (12-8) def. UNB-St. John (2-5) 93-58
Twenty-one UNB-St. John turnovers and some sharp shooting from the Bengals helped UMFK run away with the second game of the day. The game would begin in a back-and-forth struggle, with four lead changes occurring in the first ten minutes. With 8:54 left in the first half Fred Sanchez (SO, Bronx, NY) would hit a jump shot to put UMFK in the lead for good. The Bengals would build a 15 point lead at the half, and steadily stretch it out throughout the second half. UMFK would shoot 52.7% from the floor and hit ten of 19 three point attempts allowing them to cruise to a big victory.
Marquis Glenn (SR, East Oakland, CA) led all scorers with 19 points and four other Bengals would score in double digits. Geoff Lemmon (SO, Barrie, ON) led the Seawolves with thirteen points.
These two teams will meet again on Sunday at noon in game six of the CAN/AM Classic.
Game 3 – Women's Basketball – UNB-St. John (2-5) def. UMPI (0-11) 52-43
The Owls' fourth quarter comeback attempt ran out of time as the Seawolves held on to take the third game of the CAN/AM Classic on Saturday.
The Owls jumped out to a quick lead as Sidney Churchill (JR, Fort Fairfield, ME) would get the scoring going with a three point basket. Katie Patenaude (SR, Presque Isle, ME) hit a jump shot and the Owls enjoyed a brief 5-0 lead. UNB-St. John answered back and tied the game up, but scoring slowed at that point as both teams would go scoreless for the next four minutes. A couple of quick baskets, including an Amanda Hotham (JR, Fort Fairfield, ME) three point basket would give the Owls their second five point lead of the game. Once again the Seawolves would answer back and tie the game at ten to end the first quarter.
UMPI would go cold in the second quarter, hitting just one field goal in that period. Converting on seven of ten free throw attempts helped keep them in the game as UNB-St. John would shoot 63.6% to grab a nine point lead at the half. The Seawolves would extend their lead in the third, as Jill Corey (FR, Harvey, NB) would knock down three shots from behind the arc and the Owls would turn the ball over eight times.
UNB-St. John looked as though they were going to run away with the game, holding a 19 point lead for much of the fourth quarter. The Seawolves would go cold to end the game, only hitting one field goal in the final six minutes, opening the door for a comeback attempt from the Owls. Hotham would put up eight points in the final four minutes, sparking UMPI's offense, but it was too little, too late as time ran out. The Seawolves were able to hold on to take a 52-43 victory.
Corey's four of six from three point range would make her the leading scorer for UNB-St. John with 12 points. UMPI's Hotham would lead all scorers with 15, while grabbing six rebounds.
These two teams will meet again on Sunday at 4 PM in game seven of the CAN/AM Classic.
Game 4 – Men's Basketball – UMPI def. UNB-St. John 70-62
Anthony Chacho's 23 point effort helped lead the Owls past the Seawolves in a tightly contested battle to wrap up the first day of the CAN/AM Classic.
The two teams looked evenly matched to begin the game as the Owls would never surrender the lead in the first half, but the Seawolves would tie the game on three separate occasions. A 14-2 run by the Owls would help them separate themselves from their guests, and the Owls would eventually enjoy a 13 point lead in the first half. Fortunes would turn as UMPI would only be able to hit one shot from the field in the last seven minutes of the half, allowing UNB-St. John to claw their way back into a five point deficit at half.
The two teams would trade baskets to start the second half. With eleven minutes left in the game Ben Tait (FR, Quispamsis, NB) would hit a three point shot to give the Seawolves their first lead of the game. The lead was short-lived as the Owls went on a 9-1 run to reclaim a lead they would never give up. From that point on the Seawolves were able to cut the lead to four points just one time, as the Owls were able to hold off their guests to take a 70-62 victory.
Chacho's 23 points led all scorers, he added four assists and four steals to the effort. Maurice Harris (SO, Miami, FL) would add twelve, while Chase Vicaire (SR, Mattawamkeag, ME) would chip in eleven points. Steve Ryan (SO, Mount Pearl, NL) would pace the Seawolves with 16 points, while Paul Gerges (SO, Fredricton, NB) would score ten.
These two teams will meet again on Sunday at 6 PM in game eight of the CAN/AM Classic.