The Dalhousie Tigers defeated the Acadia Axemen 81-65 on Saturday at Dalplex in a rematch of Wednesday's game, which saw the Axemen win.
Glen Cox (Scotsburn, NS) opened the scoring in the game for Acadia with a layup with 8:11 left of the quarter. Cox led the Axemen in scoring with 20 points.
Under a minute later, Malcolm Christie (Fredericton, NB) got the Tigers on the board after a rebound from Nginyu Ngala (Montreal, QC), who pushed the ball down the court. This led to a Christie 3-pointer on the wing in transition. Christie led all Tigers in scoring with 22 points.
Sam Maillet (Moncton, NB) had several transition buckets in the half, including one in the first quarter, which cut the lead to 12-9 with 1:58 left. Mercer made a 3-pointer with five seconds left of the quarter to put Acadia up 15-14.
Christie made an and-one midrange jumper 1:24 into the second quarter. Ngala extended the Tigers lead with a 3-pointer to put the Tigers up 25-17 with 6:15 left of the half.
Miguel Perez Boskovic (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) responded with a 3-pointer of his own with 5:49 left of the half, ending the game with 10 points.
The half would finish with the Tigers leading 42-35 and Christie leading all teams in scoring with 12 points.
Dal maintained control in the third quarter, but Acadia were still on their tail. Acadia cut the lead to 52-45 with 3:29 left, thanks to a 3-pointer from Kyle Munro (Halifax, NS).
Gabe Damey (Ypsilanti, Michigan) made a tough basket with 1:42 left of the quarter with an and-one coming off a mid-range jump shot while fading to put the Tigers up 59-46.
Ngala made a 3-pointer with 6:35 left in the game to put the Tigers up 12 points. Christie would also help close the game with a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 80-63 with 2:41 left.
Both teams now hold 2-2 records for the season.
The Axemen host the Cape Breton Capers next weekend and the Tigers next play the SMU Huskies on Wednesday at Dalplex at 8pm in a battle of Halifax schools.