6’5″ reserve wing forward Michael Peterkin had 16 points off the bench, doing yeomen’s work on the glass at both ends and fellow 6’9″ reserve stretch 4 Noah Daoust added 15 as #1 (in my ranking) McGill Redmen defeated Laval 69-58 in a game marred by clutching, grabbing and holding that was generally ignored by the officiating crew. The physical battles turned a game full of talented, athletic players into a somewhat-ugly affair to watch.
McGill won despite a putrid 3 for 21 shooting effort from downtown including scoring only 22 points in the middle two quarters after taking an early double digit lead. But Redmen depth proved important again as the bench, led by Peterkin, who played his best game of the season, and the rapidly-improving Daoust rescued a starting group that collectively shot just 10 for 34 from the floor. 5th year 6’5″ senior Vincent Dufort had only 5 points but added 13 rebounds and 4 assists.
The scrappy Rouge et Or got another strong effort from 6’4″ Thibaud Dezutter (18 points on 6-9 shooting including 3-6 from downtown) and three 3’s from improving sophomore wing Alexandre Leclerc. Laval shot a very strong 11 for 24 from 3 but made only 10-36 two point shots and hurt themselves at the line going only 5 for 13 overall including 5 for 11 in the second half. Rouge et Or also got little from their bench (7 points total).
In the other game, Concordia broke a 4 game losing streak with a huge win at UQAM as 6’4″ Ken Beaulieu had a season-high 22 points and 8 boards on 4-6 from downtown and freshman Schneiders Suffrard added 20. 6’1″ Kewyn Blain did his best to keep Citadins in the game with 23 points – 16 in the second half, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals however last week’s hero Greishe Clerjuste finished with only 7 points. Concordia took a 10 point halftime lead despite shooting only 23% from the floor on the strength of 10 offensive rebounds, a continuing problem for UQAM. Blain again picked up 2 first half fouls and played only 11 minutes before halftime.
Both teams meet each other again on Saturday.