X-Men respond with dominant win after Friday night loss

Photo credit Janessa Hogan
Photo credit Janessa Hogan

Charlottetown, PE - The STFX X-Men had a message to send to the UPEI Panthers after yesterday's loss and they let it be known following a convincing 96-67 win Saturday afternoon.

"We definitely had message send," said Dondre Reddick, the Subway player of the game. "After yesterday's loss, we had something prove and I feel like we proved that tonight."

Reddick was a force all afternoon and finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals in just 24 minutes.

The X-Men opened the game on an 8-0 run, forcing UPEI to call a quick timeout. After the breather, Reddick drilled back-to-back threes followed by another one from Avan Nava, as STFX took a commanding 17-0 lead.

UPEI settled down a bit and trimmed the deficit to 32-19 by the end of the quarter thanks to the three-point shot. In the final two minutes, they connected on three triples to stay afloat.

STFX continued to get whatever they wanted on the offensive end, and defensively they were just as proficient as they held UPEI to just two points in the first 4:39 of the second quarter. As a result, they extended their lead to 44-23. And by the end of the half, that lead ballooned to 65-34.

Out of the 11 players who saw the floor in the first half six had at least six points, including Reddick and Ejim who reached double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The X-Men had full control of the game from there and never let their lead dip below 25, en route to the 96-67 win.

STFX's Deon Ejim finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double, while Antoine Vernon chipped in with 11.

"Tonight, there was a sense of urgency," Reddick said. "We lived with our defence. We trusted each other and just got the job done."

The Panthers head to Fredericton next Saturday where they'll take on the UNB Reds, while the X-Men return home where they host the Memorial Sea-Hawks.


Recap courtesy Thomas Becker, UPEI Athletics