Two Sea-Hawks named as basketball conference all-star selections

There was no post-season basketball this season for the Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s and women’s basketball team. However, one standout apiece from the male and female Sea-Hawks were honoured by the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference in the end of season awards gala on March 3.

On the men’s side, Vasilije Curcic, MUN’s reliable “do-it-all” post man was named a second-team all-star. Curcic, a perennial all-star who made the second team all-conference selection in 2014, as well as snagging a first team nod last year, has led the conference in blocked shots for three years straight. Curcic also lead the Sea-Hawks in points per game with 20, and is a constant double-double threat on the glass who also possesses a lethal three point shot for a big man. The fourth year Serbian has proved indispensable for the Sea-Hawks since his first game in red and white, and replacing the soon to be departing presence will prove a difficult task for head coach Peter Benoite.
Across the conference, the Dalhousie Tigers’ nail-biting 87-85 repeat over the UPEI Panthers in the conference final was enough for head coach Rick Plato to take home Coach of the Year honours. The Tigers, who finished the season ranked tenth in the nati on, also boast the rookie of the year in Montreal native Jordan Aquino-Serjue. Aquino-Serjue stepped into the starting lineup after starter Richie Kanza-Mata was dealt a concussion, and didn’t look back, grabbing 20 steals and averaging seven points and three rebounds a game in limited time. MVP honours went to scoring phenom Javon Masters of the UNB Varsity Reds for the second year in a row. Masters, who secured rookie of the year honours in 2013, has owned the AUS in scoring ever since, averaging between 28 – 33 points a game over the course of three seasons.
For the women, Andreanne Ennis was good enough to be named to the all-conference rookie team despite a last place finish for the Lady-Hawks. Ennis, originally from Ottawa, Ontario, started five games for the Sea-Hawks in her first year, making solid contributions off the bench and shooting 36 percent from the floor. The league MVP went to Phoenix, Arizona native Paloma Anderson, whose Acadia Axewomen stormed to a 15-0 start behind her 18.7 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game. The victorious St. Mary’s Huskies, with their fourth championship in a row, collected Coach of the Year honours (Scott Munro) and Tracy MacLeod Award (Rachelle Coward). Coward, who underwent a serious ankle injury with over a year’s rehab and recovery time, has had her name submitted for thenationwide MacLeod award, which rewards determination, perseverance and spirit in continuing to play the game of basketball. Memorial alumnus Brittany Dalton (2010/11) is one of only two AUS players to ever win the national award.
Despite a challenging season for both teams, a productive off-season is already well underway to build on the foundations laid by these and other players for their respect ive programs. Ashley Collins, a local point guard playing for St. Kevin’s High School, is the first commit of the new recruitment class to sign on to play for the Sea-Hawks. With any luck, Collins and future commits may find their names among the honourees this time next year.