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Mixed results for basketball teams

After losing three of their past four conference games, the UNB Varsity Reds men’s basketball may have gotten their mojo back with a commanding 98-57 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers on Saturday at the Richard J. Currie Center.

Five different Varsity Reds reached double-digits in points while two others came close. Javon Masters and Jordan Irvine led the way with 19 points each. Ryan Smith added 12 points while Jesse Kendall and Will McFee chipped in with 10. Matthew Daley had 13 rebounds.

UNB and Dalhousie were tied 20-20 after a hard fought first quarter. Things remained close in the second but the Reds were able to pull ahead by 10 points at the half, leading 45-35.

In the third, UNB put the throttle down and outscored Dalhousie 30-9 to go up 75-44. Irvine and Kendall each hit two three-point shots in the frame. The V-Reds continued to roll in the fourth, posting 23 more points.

The Varsity Reds had a strong game from the three-point line once again, hitting just under 55% of their shots. The Tigers hit 26% from downtown.

The victory improved the V-Reds to 8-3 on the season with 18 points. They host the Cape Breton Capers on Friday at 8 p.m. and then travel to Charlottetown on Saturday to battle the UPEI Panthers. Both are four-point games.

The Varsity Reds’ women’s basketball team didn’t fare as well against the Tigers on Saturday, falling 68-56. The loss was UNB’s fourth straight and dropped them to 5-6 on the season with 12 points.

In Saturday’s game, the Tigers jumped out to a 22-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and were up 38-23 at the half. The Varsity Reds tried to pull off a comeback in the fourth and outscored Dalhousie 19-7. But it was too little, too late for UNB as they fell by 12 points.

Nicole LaFleur led the way for UNB with 11 points. Kiley DeLong chipped in with 10 points while Rachel Cleary and Katelyn Mangold each had eight rebounds. The V-Reds committed 28 turnovers in the game, which resulted in 33 of the Tigers’ points.

The women’s squad hosts the Capers on Friday at 6 p.m. and then travels to UPEI on Saturday. Both are four-point games.

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