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Big second half sends Cape Breton to Final 8

It was the fairytale ending fans of the Cape Breton Capers dreamed of.

It was the fairytale ending fans of the Cape Breton Capers dreamed of.

The No. 1-seeded Capers bounced back from a 14-point second-quarter to pummel the rival and second-seeded St. Francis Xavier X-Men 94-77 in the Atlantic University Sport Final 6 men’s basketball championship before 4,261 mostly orange-clad hoops fans at Centre 200 in Sydney yesterday.

The Capers, who hadn’t won a title since 1995, trailed 38-24 in the second quarter but narrowed the gap to 44-41 at the half and led 66-62 heading into the final quarter. That’s when first-team all-star Jimmy Dorsey took over, nailing a trio of three-pointers as part of a 13-point fourth quarter en route to a game-high 35 points.

“They put the ball in my hands and I tried to do the best I could for the team,” Dorsey said. “We really gutted this one out.”

Dorsey, who also had 25 points in the Capers’ semifinal win over the Dalhousie Tigers, earned Final 6 MVP for his efforts. “They responded and down the stretch we just gave the ball to Dorsey and he took the game over,” said Capers head coach Jim Charters. “He’s a special player. He makes great decisions. Like I said to him after the game, ‘You make my job pretty easy.’”

Halifax’s Christian Upshaw, who won his second straight conference MVP last week, had 20 points for the X-Men. The Capers now advance to the CIS Final 8 in Ottawa next weekend.

Huskies fall
The Saint Mary’s Huskies suffered a heartbreaking loss in Saturday’s semifinals at the AUS Final 6. The Huskies fell 79-78 to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, losing the game when conference MVP Christian Upshaw of Halifax hit two of three free throws for the X-Men after being fouled on a three-point attempt at the buzzer. In a game featuring 13 lead changes, the Huskies went up by one with four seconds remaining. Upshaw rushed the ball up the floor and was fouled by Huskies star Joey Haywood on a low-percentage shot. Upshaw missed his first free throw but hit his next two. “That last foul, I was pretty close up to him, but at the same time, how can you call a foul, 40 feet away from the basket in the corner with four seconds left?” Haywood told EastLink television yesterday. “I thought we won the game. I was already headed to the bench. It was really, really tough.” The Dalhousie Tigers lost 76-60 to the Cape Breton Capers in the other semi.

 
 
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