RSEQ: Gaiters keep slim playoff hopes alive

Bishop’s 74, Concordia 66  Gaiters rallied from an early 15 point deficit behind balanced scoring that had 5 players in double figures, keeping their faint playoff hopes alive with a solid win over the Stingers in Lennoxville.  6’5″ freshman Abdul Kamane had 7 of his 12 points down the stretch including a bucket that gave Bishop’s the lead for good at 64-62 with just over 4 minutes to play and soon thereafter added a clutch 3 plus a lay-in to swell the advantage to 6.  Fellow freshman 6’5″ Schneider Suffrard finished with 13 pionts and 7 rebounds for Concordia, going just 5 for 14 from the floor and picking up a technical foul late in the game after arguing a foul call.  In a game in which the teams combined for 48 turnovers, Suffrard led both sides with 7 turnovers.

Stingers had to play the majority of the game without arguably their top offensive player in 6’4″ Ken Beaulieu, who left early in the second quarter and did not return after only 7 minutes of play.

Bishop’s appears to be getting 6’3″ sharpshooter Peter Weston back on the track as the slick perimeter shooter had 10 second half points including a pair of 3’s.  6’5″ David Belanger, who has missed meaningful time battling injury all season, played only 7 minutes for Bishop’s.

Bishop’s can still make the playoffs if all of the following results occur:

  • Bishop’s defeats McGill in Montreal next Saturday at 4 PM
  • UQAM defeats Laval in Montreal next Saturday at 7 PM
  • Bishop’s defeats Laval by 11 or more points the following Thursday in Ste. Foy

With Concordia’s loss last night, McGill Redmen officially clinch their fourth consecutive RSEQ regular season pennant.  Over those 4 seasons, Redmen are 46-16 in RSEQ play plus 5-1 in playoff play.

RSEQ Standings:

McGill 10-4

Concordia 9-6

UQAM 6-7

Laval 6-8

Bishop’s 4-10

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