Nov 06, 2013
The Cape Breton University men's basketball team is redefining itself as it heads into the new season.
"We're a new team and a new group, so we're going to have to come together as a group and
define our roles over the beginning part of the season," said Capers head coach Matt Skinn.
"We had to change our style a little bit over the last few weeks and had to have other, younger
players step into maybe different roles but we're trying to adapt as best as we can."
The Capers finished the 2012-13 season as AUS champions. In regular season play, the
Capers ranked No. 2 in the country with a 19-1 record.
However, the team was knocked out of last year's Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship in the consolation round.
Skinn said the team is readjusting after losing second-year guards Kayon Mayers and Vishal
Banipal due to season-ending injuries.
"We have a lot of guys with experience who have tasted (AUS) success — that is Sean
McCormick and Cedric Kasongo," said Skinn. "They're our two captains and they are going to
be counted on to do a lot of leadership for us this year.
"If we really defend and rebound well, which I think are two of our strengths, I think we're going
to be right there when it matters."
Second-year player Kasongo said the team is feeling confident despite moving foward without
top scorer Jimmy Dorsey, who has since graduated.
Dorsey ranked among the top 10 in the conference in scoring, assists, steals and rebounds,
and was named AUS most valuable player two times, as well as AUS playoff MVP.
"Losing a guy like Jimmy Dorsey is hard, but I feel like our team — the coach brought in a lot of
players that fill up every spot on the team — so I think even though we lost (Dorsey) we're just
as good if not better," said Kasongo, who averaged 8.3 points per game and 3.3 rebounds
"We're definitely confident in ourselves that we're going to do pretty good and we're going to try
to do pretty good. Definitely our effort is, we're trying to do what we did last year if not better."
The Capers men head to St. Francis Xavier University today for their season opener against
the StFX X-Men.
The teams will meet again on Saturday, as St. FX heads to Sydney for the Capers home opener.
Both games will be played at 8 p.m
Meanwhile, the Capers women's team will return with coach Fabian McKenzie after having
finished seventh in the AUS standings last year with a 6-14 record.
The Capers roster features fifth-year player and team leader Tanira McClurkin, while welcoming rookie players including Yasmine Taylor, Keishia Lespoir, Rasheeka Gunn and
Marion Bridge native Alison Keough.
The Capers women open play today against the StFX X-Women in Antigonish. The teams will
play each other again on Saturday at Sullivan Fieldhouse in Sydney. Both games begin at 6