There is lots of excitement around the G. Forbes Elliot fieldhouse this week as the UNBSJ men’s basketball prepare to host their first home games of the season as Acadia University of Wolfville, NS and Crandall University of Moncton, NB. visit for a series of games.
The Seaswolves did not play last season due to Covid-19, and so far this season the team have been on the road for five exhibition games. The last time UNBSJ men’s team hosted on home game was February 29, 2020 when they dropped their regular season finale to Holland College 78-66.
This weekend is will also mark a home coming for three former local players who will be playing their first games back in Saint John since high school. Jack Tilley (KVHS class of 2016) and Thomas MacDonald (Rothesay High class of 2020) will be suiting up for 17-time AUS Champions Acadia Axemen. While Noah Ozkaynak (KVHS class of 2020) is part of the Crandall University Chargers.
This year’s edition of the UNBSJ Seawolves also features basketball players from the greater Saint John area who led their teams to NBIAA Final 12, were NBIAA All Stars, won bronze medal at the Canada Basketball U17 Nationals, and won a National Prep School Championship.
Those players include:
- Adam Lambert – Saint John High School
- Tanner Hoyt – Saint John High School
- Jack Fury-Miller – Harbour View High School
- Colin Loughery – Kennebecasis Valley High School
- Jack Fifield – Rothesay Netherwood
- Aiden Connors – Simonds High School
- Ethan Szemerda – Simonds High School
The weekend kicks off with UNBSJ taking on Acadia. This is rare visit to the Saint John area for the Axemen program despite having strong New Brunswick connections through the years. The Axemen will be looking for their first win in their 2021-2022 exhibition schedule, while the Seawolves will be looking for a rare win against an AUS opponent.
Full Weekend Schedule:
- Friday Oct. 22 7:00 pm – Acadia vs UNBSJ
- Saturday Oct 23 3:00 pm – Acadia vs Crandall
- Sunday Oct 24 3:00 pm – Crandall vs UNBSJ
ECBA Mental Wellness Tournament
The UNBSJ Seawolves opened their 2021-2022 exhibition schedule by going 2-1 in the ECBA Mental Wellness Tournament hosted at Rothesay Netherwood School in Rothesay. The Seawolves opened the tournament by holding off a late surging St. Foy (QC) team for a 65-59 win. The next day they dropped a 90-68 decision to a very athletic Thetford Academy (QC) then rebounded to defeat the host team, ECBA Selects, 88-79.
St. Thomas Tip-off Tournament
The Seawolves travelled to Fredericton for a couple of exhibition games on October 15th and 16th. In the opening game the Seawolves dropped a tough decision to host St. Thomas Tommies 81-73. UNBSJ had a 2 point lead with 4 minutes remaining but struggled to score down the stretch while the Tommies were able to grind out several tough baskets to pull away. In the second game the Seawolves took on conference rival Crandall University from Moncton. This time the Seawolves put together a solid defensive effort for 40 minutes to come away with the victory 83-77.