Personal bests not enough

Misljencevic, Asefa shine, but Laurentian steals home court

A monster weekend from Nikola Misljencevic couldn’t stop Queen’s late-season slide.

Misljencevic scored a total of 52 points, but the men’s basketball team lost their final games of the regular season, 95-86 to the Laurentian Voyageurs Friday night and 90-84 to the York Lions on Saturday.

As a third-year forward, Misljencevic put up season highs in points and a personal best in rebounds on the weekend.

“That’s what we expect from him,” head coach Stephan Barrie said. “You need your veteran guys to step up. Hopefully [Misljencevic] continues to do that … moving forward into the playoffs.”

The Gaels went 1-6 over their final seven games to finish the regular season at 10-10, good for fifth in the seven-team OUA East.

They’ll travel to Sudbury on Feb. 20 to face the Voyageurs again in the OUA quarterfinals.

Misljencevic scored nine of the Gaels’ first 13 points against Laurentian on Friday, spurring Queen’s to a 42-38 halftime lead.

Fourth-year guard James Asefa caught fire after the break, combining with Misljencevic for 34 of the Gaels’ 44 second-half points.

Despite Asefa and Misljencevic’s performances, the Voyageurs outscored the Gaels 32-19 in the third quarter, finishing the game up 95-86.

“As a team, we need to do a better job defensively,” Barrie said. “But [Misljencevic and Asefa] certainly had good nights offensively.”

Misljencevic got off to another quick start on Saturday night against York, scoring 10 of the Gaels’ first 14 points, en route to a 29-23 lead after the first quarter.

After getting outscored in the remaining three quarters, the Gaels succumbed to the Lions 90-84.

Misljencevic finished with a season-high 28 points and eight rebounds. On the weekend as a whole, he shot 13-14 from the free-throw line, 5-6 from beyond the three-point arc and 17-23 from the field.

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