The Dalhousie Tigers men's basketball team kicked off their pre-season schedule with a 76-69 loss to the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds got off to a quick start with Jesse Bingham hitting a three-point shot just 15 seconds in. The Tigers quickly responded with Malcolm Christie (Fredericton, NB) hitting consecutive three-point shots of his own to take the lead. Spencer Riar (Montreal, QC) added a three ball of his own followed up by Christie draining his third three of the quarter to immediately extend the lead 11-14. Andre Reid (Calgary, AB) continued the Tigers' three's trend late in the quarter before the first ended 21-19 in favour of Indianapolis.
The Tigers stayed hot from deep early in the second with consecutive threes from Riar and Christie. Zac Szul revived the scoring for the Greyhounds hitting a nice jump shot to bring the score to 29-25 Tigers. The Greyhounds then regained the lead when Jarvis Walker drained a shot from deep to make it 30-29. Indianapolis continued to push with Sean Craig hitting another three, extending the lead to 35-29. Nginyu Ngala (Montreal, QC) for Dalhousie hit a clean three before Indianapolis' Bingham capped off a 41-32 lead at halftime.
Christie kicked off the third quarter where he left off, nailing another three-pointer to bring the Tigers back within six points. Indianapolis' Julian Steinfeld responded immediately, going up to the rim twice, making it 45-35. Jarvis continued the run for the Greyhounds with a three-pointer to push the lead to 13 points. Christie continued to shoot impressively from deep, picking up his sixth, seventh, and eighth three-pointers of the game in quick succession to pull the Tigers back within six at 52-46. After Dalhousie came as close as one point, Indianapolis' Josiah Tynes hit a three-point buzzer-beater shot to make it 59-53 Greyhounds at the end of three quarters.
The Greyhounds started the scoring in the final quarter with Kendrick Tchoua picking up two points and a free-throw for a three-point play. After a couple of baskets for the Tigers, Craig hit another three for Indianapolis to push the lead to 67-57. Dalhousie's Samuel Maillet (Moncton, NB) provided a nice steal, leading to a slam dunk to bring the Tigers back within six points with just six minutes remaining. With Dalhousie still pushing, Ngala had a nice rush to the basket, getting the ball to drop, and getting the Tigers within three at 70-67. With just two minutes left Greyhounds' Paul Zilinskas found himself on a break and extended the lead to five points. The Tigers pushed, but the Greyhounds added one more basket for a final score of 76-69.
Indianapolis heads to Wolfville on Tuesday, August 15 to play Acadia before returning to Dalplex to play a Nova Scotia All-Star team on Wednesday. The Tigers continue their pre-season in September at the PEI Invitational.