6’8″ sophomore Noah Daoust scored all of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter, propelling the cold-shooting lacklustre McGill Redmen to a sweep of their weekend series with Bishop’s, winning 76-63 in Lennoxville. The smooth-shooting big got free from beyond the arc, knocking down 3 3’s when it appeared that the scrappy Gaiters may be poised for the upset. Redmen also locked down defensively, holding Bishop’s without a field goal for about a 7 minute stretch, allowing only 7 points in the fourth after entering the final frame trailing by 1.
McGill’s perimeter shooting woes continued as Redmen made only 3 of their first 17 from downtown despite several wide-open looks before Daoust, who played only 13 minutes, got it going against a Gaiters match-up zone that continues to confound McGill. Redmen pair of veteran go-to guards, 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun and 6’1″ Jenning Leung combined to shoot just 6 for 18 including 0-5 from 3 but 6’3″ Tychon Carter-Newman was active all night with 13 points and McGill, again playing without reigning RSEQ POY Francois Bourque, got a wonderful effort from little-used 6’10” freshman Michael Richard, who was a perfect 4-4 nside and finished with 8 points in a tidy performance.
The young and rapidly maturing Gaiters continue to play hard although McGill’s active athletes helped force 23 Bishop’s turnovers. Still Bishop’s gave McGill problems inside as 6’5″ sophomore David Belanger got free to lead all scorers with 17 poits on 8-11 shooting while my favorite for Quebec freshman of the year Abdul Kamane had 15 points and 9 rebounds, consistently putting pressure on Redmen defenders with his creative slashes to the rim. 6’0″ Jonathan Bermillo was largely controlled, save for a third quarter stretch when he knocked down consecutive 3’s including a beautiful shot-fake, step-back from the left wing that gave Bishop’s their largest lead at 5 points. Bermillo had 12 points, 3 assists and 6 turnovers.
Leung shot just 4 for 11 but did have 8 assists against just 1 turnover with 9 points while Ogundokun played all 40 minutes, scoring 10 points, adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
In what was arguably the most exciting game this season in the Q, UQAM Citadins outlasted Laval 98-97 in 3 Overtimes behind 28 points for Greishe Clerjuste – 13 in the overtimes. 6’1″ Kewyn Blain had 21 points, 13 assists and 6 rebounds offsetting a 38 point effort from Alexandre Leclerc.
The Gaiters are now 3 games out of the final playoff spot in the “Q” with just 6 games remaining in the regular season. Next week the Gaiters have a home-and-home with Concordia, where they won before Christmas on the road while McGill takes on UQAM in a home-and-home. McGill clinches a spot in the RSEQ Final 4 – to be held at McGill – with one victory or one loss by Bishop’s.