Men's basketball pull away from Mount Allison to reach national semi final

Men's basketball pull away from Mount Allison to reach national semi final

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI - The Sheridan Bruins men's basketball team (35-3, 19-0 OCAA) advanced to the national semi final, after a wire-to-wire 91-61 win over Mount Allison in the quarter-final. 

"I thought we played well in the first half defensively, but I don't think we did a good on offence. I thought we were settling a little bit too much for just a one pass-shoot kinda offence, but it's understandable because guys are excited about playing [and] it's the first game of a national championship," assistant coach Nick Davis said. "The thing that kept us in that game is that we did a very good job defensively. I wish we had rebounded a little bit better but in the second half, we got a little more focus in on being very deliberate about our offence, so we got some really good shots."

The Double-Blue limited Mount Allison to three of 17 (17.6 per cent) shooting from the floor in the opening quarter as they led 19-11 after 10 minutes. 

In the second period, the ACAA runners-up managed to trim the margin to three, but the Bruins responded by pushing their advantage to 15 at the break, leading 39-24. 

Slowly throughout the second half the Bruins began to create more distance until finally they broke the game open in the fourth.

Brian Owusu was named player of the game for Sheridan with a game-high 26 points to go with seven boards. 

Dylan Periana (12 points, five assists) and Ostap Choliy (10 points, six rebounds) were also in double figures for the Bruins.

The club will now face the hosts and the ACAA champions from Holland, who advanced to the semi final with a 113-103 win over SAIT. 

Davis knows that as the stakes get higher, so does the need for the team to raise their sharpness. 

"Our effort needs to be cranked up a lot more if we want to do a better job against Holland," he said. "We can't come out flat like we did today. We need to have a little more energy and intensity and a little more focus on offence."