The Dalhousie Tigers are back on the map heading into the Atlantic University Sport Final 6.
The third-place Tigers are a contender for their first men’s basketball crown since 1996 after finishing the season with four huge wins — one over the No. 1 St. Francis Xavier X-Men and two over the No. 4 Saint Mary’s Huskies.
The up-and-down Tigers had lost five of seven games before the hot streak, but still managed 13 wins overall, the most since John Campbell was hired as head coach in 2002. They’ve posted wins over every team in the conference.
“It gives us a level of confidence going in, knowing that we put it together, that we’ve played well against teams we have to beat to win a championship,” Campbell said. “The guys know that if they play well, they are contenders.
“We’ve ended the regular season on a high and hopefully we’re able to translate that into (playoff success).”
Dal opens the Final 6 tonight at 9:15 p.m. at the Metro Centre against the sixth-seeded Acadia Axemen. The Huskies, 12-8, play the fifth-seeded P.E.I. Panthers at 7 p.m.