At some point, before the second week of March, the Dalhousie Tigers are going to have to figure out a way to beat Atlantic University Sport’s top dogs.
The Tigers, last year’s AUS men’s basketball champions, have a 10-6 record this season and have already clinched a spot at the Final 6 in Sydney from March 12 to 14.
But four of their losses came at the hands of the undefeated St. Francis Xavier X-Men (14-0) and the other two came against the first-place Cape Breton Capers (14-1).
“Some of that’s us, some of that speaks to the strength of those two teams,” said Tigers head coach John Campbell.
Fourth-year guard Simon Farine, last year’s Final 6 MVP, continues to shine for the Tigers, second in conference scoring with a 22.1 points-per-game average. Six-foot-nine centre Joseph Schow, a transfer from the Calgary Dinos, is next with 13.8 points, but nobody else is in double digits.
Campbell said he’s “relatively pleased” and wants to see improved consistency and toughness from his team.
“We’re still working toward establishing our identity as a team,” Campbell said. “We’re still trying to get into a definitive playing rotation for the players, and finding consistent scoring beyond (Farine and Schow) has been a challenge.”
The Tigers have four games remaining, including two against the rival Saint Mary’s Huskies, who are third at 11-5. The two teams meet on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Dalplex.
“Our hope is to put ourselves in the best position we can going into (Final 6) weekend,” Campbell said. “Hopefully, we’ll be healthy enough and confident enough to put together one win at a time and enough wins to win a championship.”