After dropping their first two games of the season, the men’s basketball team toppled the Cape Breton Capers 104-66 at home in an important four-point game.
UNB got up early in the first quarter and never looked back. The Reds played solid on both ends of the floor putting up their highest scoring game of the season while holding their opponents under 70 points.
“We just had a lot of energy and we executed a lot better I thought,” said third-year guard Javon Masters about the improved performance. “The energy from the crowd helped as well.”
Fourth year forward Mark Matheson, who is filling injured Nikola Mandic’s starting role, put up a monster game against CBU. Matheson dropped 34 points and collected seven rebounds on 12-20 shooting including five three pointers.
“He’s been playing well for us,” said Masters on Matheson’s performance. “We just got him in positions to score and make good decisions and he capitalizes on his chances.”
Masters had another good game for the V-Reds, putting up 21 points and dropping four assists.
The men, who are now 1-2 on the season, will look to continue their upward trend this weekend when they face the Memorial Seahawks in a two game series in St. John’s, NFLD.
The women’s team, who will also travel to St. John’s this weekend, dropped a 63-62 contest in their home opener versus the Capers.
Laura Kaye had a good game for the V-Reds, putting up twelve points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the losing effort.
“Our defence was definitely what kept us in the game,” said Kaye on the loss. “I don’t think we executed as well as we should have on offence.”
Like the men, the women are now 1-2 on the season but will look to improve their standing against a struggling Sea-Hawks team who has failed to register a win in four games so far this season.