High scoring Mounties enter holidays tied for first in ACAA

High scoring Mounties enter holidays tied for first in ACAA

The Mount Allison Men's basketball team enter the Christmas holidays on a high note in ACAA conference play with a 6-1 league record, placing them in a three way tie for first with Holland College Hurricanes and the Crandall University Chargers.

Extending back to exhibition play in October, the Mounties overall record is 9-3 and are winners of 9 of their last 10 games. Two of these losses were to U Sport competition, University of Cape Breton and the UPEI Panthers back in their first games of the season at the Mickey Place tournament in early October held in Charlottetown. Their only league loss was to 6th nationally ranked Holland Hurricanes back in November in a 115-99 shootout at MtA’s McCormick gymnasium. It was the first meeting of the two teams since their ACAA title game last year, which the Mounties lost 81-70. The two teams will meet again in mid-January once ACAA league play begins after the holiday break.

The Mounties with 9 returning players and 6 key newcomers, have picked up from their winning ways from a year ago when they finished in second place in the ACAA with a record of 17-4, reached the ACAA Championship game and made their first ever appearance at the CCAA National Championships held at Holland College last March. This year the parity filled ACAA has witnessed an explosion of points being scored with three teams being ranked in the top 5 in most points scored per game (Holland 1st, Crandall 3rd, Mounties 4th). The Mounties are presently averaging 99.00 points per game while giving up 77.9, second best in the ACAA. ACAA Rookie of the Year and first team ACAA All Star, Thomas LeGallais, returned to his offensive ways from a year ago, leading the Mounties with 22 points per game. Four other Mounties are averaging double figures for the Mounties including fourth year senior Brad Sanford at 15 per game and a blazing 56% from the both the field and 3 point range. Second year guard Yanniv Perez moved into a starting role mid-way through the first half of the season and is averaging 12.9 a game. Rookie Aram Currie, of Riverview, is averaging 10.7 coming off the bench while power forward Rod Joseph is averaging 10 points per game.

The Mounties, who have not played since November 26, will shake off some rust after the break before entering their first ACAA league play on January 6, when they travel to Fredericton to play the St.Thomas Tommies and hosting the Dal AC Rams on January 7.