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Men’s basketball team fall in AUS playoffs

The Varsity Reds went 10 for 10 this season, topping their 7-13 record last season.

Missing Atlantic University Sport (AUS) playoffs last season, the men snagged fifth place in the top six standings and met with Acadia, Saint Mary’s, UPEI, StFX and Cape Breton for the Atlantic title.

They were unable to move past the first day, falling to the St. Francis Xavier (StFX) University X-Men 89-88 at the Metro Centre in Halifax, N.S.

The X-Men trailed the Reds for the first half, but Will McFee and StFX’s Julius Antoine went back and forth with three-pointers, ending the third.

Antoine led his team in points, getting the game high for the X-men with 22 points.

With only 0.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter, V-Reds’ Ryan Smith was able to draw a foul and was on the free throw line with two points to tie the game and pushed it to overtime.

Smith would only hit one of his free throws and the X-men would take the game 89-88, ending the Reds’ season in the first game of the playoffs.

Masters had a game-high 25 points and teammate Will McFee added 18 points, while Daniel Quirion added 13 and Ryan Smith scored 10.

Despite the one-point loss, first-year Javon Masters received Rookie of the Year award, second team All-Canadian as well as a spot in the first team all-star – the only V-Red to take away an award this weekend. He also leads the CIS in point scoring.

The men played StFX on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, losing their first game 81-66 and winning the second one 91-78, meaning the AUS game could have been anyone’s.

Overall, the men were only able to take a two-game winning streak during the regular season. Their home stats were 6-3, proving to play better with the home court advantage as they only had a 4-7 average away.

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