(Halifax, NS) – Number three-seeded Team Manitoba improved their record to 1-1 on Monday with a 66-37 victory over #6 Team Nova Scotia. Their first victory of the tournament came in their second game of the day after falling to PEI earlier in the morning.
The over powering combination of Aaron Moseley-Williams and Jeff Watson split 32 of Manitoba’s 56 total rebounds. Their play in the paint was a major factor in the victory considering Nova Scotia was limited to 39 total rebounds. As a result Manitoba was able to outscore their opponents 18-4 on second chance points.
Manitoba took advantage of a sluggish start by Nova Scotia and once they established a lead and they never looked back.
Moseley Williams was the game’s top scorer with 29 points, both he and Watson with 25 points (and 16 rebounds each) earned double-doubles. Watson also tallied 7 assists.
Nova Scotia’s Chris Wade claimed 16 points and 13 rebounds – good enough for the game’s third double-double. Abbey Stubbert was also a factor down-low putting up 11 points and adding 8 assists. While the Nova Scotia Team played an up tempo game and were able to generate plenty of scoring chances they struggled to get the ball to drop and shot just 27.7% from the field.
Foul trouble late in the game prevented Nova Scotia from exploiting the momentum they were beginning to gain in the third quarter – which was both the most evenly matched and emotional quarter of the match.
#6 Nova Scotia (0-2) will play its next game against #7 PEI (1-1) Tuesday February 15 at 3:00PM.
#3 Manitoba (1-1) will face #2 Ontario (1-1) Tuesday February 15 at 11:00AM.
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