Using their depth, athleticism and a stifling quarter-court “d”, the Redmen took early charge of first place in the RSEQ with a dominating second half and an easy 75-53 win at home against cross-town rival Concordia. McGill actually pulled away on the back of a mid-third quarter run, catalyzed by 4 non-starters as 9 different players scored and contributed in many ways for this very balanced attack. McGill had an 18-2 run over a 7 minute stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters to run away with the victory.
Redmen were able to run their hand-off/ball screen and high-post actions for lay-ups and open looks; indeed, had the Redmen not missed several easy bunnies inside in the first half and shot poorly from the line, the score may have been worse. 6’8″ Noah Daoust (5 points, 4 assists) did a wonderful job finding cutters out of the elbow and even knocked down a long 3 mid-way through the fourth to give McGill their largest lead at 24. Redmen also had several easy scores off their “d” which created 22 Concordia turnovers.
After a slow start, 6’5″ Tychon Carter-Newman got energized after taking a charge on the defensive end, posting up for a pair of sweet left-handed finishes and working hard on the glass. 6’5″ Michael Peterkin got in the passing lane a couple of times for steals, finishing one with a strong, two-handed slam.
But most impressive in terms of improvement from last season to this was 6’2″ Jawara Pedican, who has much more confidence knocking down 3’s and is fearless challenging defenders going to the rim. Pedican and 6’3″ Isaiah Cummins, who had a steal and lay-in plus a couple of nice takes, represent the back-court of the future for McGill.
Presently however 6’1″ Jenning Leung and 6’3″ Dele Ogundogun remain the most consistent Redmen. Leung’s decision making shows his maturity and experience and he can score in a variety of ways. Opponents are simply over-matched when guarded by Ogundogun. After a slow start, Leung led all scorers with 15 points including 12 in the second half and 3-7 from 3, getting to the rim a few times also. All in all, at the present time – save for notable issues at the free throw line (6 for 12 tonight) – McGill looks very strong.
The Stingers got a nice offensive effort from 6’5″ freshman forward Schneider Suffrard (Montreal Vanier) off the bench, who made several tough, high-degree-of-difficulty perimeter jumpers with hands in his face however most of those came from one-on-one moves, which quickly became the offensive of choice for the Stingers. Suffrard was the only Stinger in double figures with 12 points as ConU shot just 3 for 12 from downtown and turned it over consistently against McGill’s helping, sometimes-trapping “d”. McGill was also able to take Concordia out of any of the few sets Stingers actually tried to run.
Stingers stayed within 6-8 points in the first half primarily on the strength of aggressive work on the offensive glass – virtually all 8 of their offensive rebounds came early in the game. However, McGill cleaned up the defensive glass after halftime and pulled away by mid-way through the third quarter in a game that was not in doubt for the last 15 minutes.
McGill travels across town on Saturday night for a match-up with UQAM Citadins.