Concordia 74, Queen’s 53… 6’2″ freshman guard Nicky Noble had 18 points including 4-10 3’s as the Stingers used their athleticism on the wing to cut off passing lanes and generally disrupt the Gaels offensively in a dominant win that was rarely in doubt from the beginning. Stingers jumped out to a double digit lead, holding Queen’s to just 3-19 shooting from downtown and forcing 25 turnovers. 6’4″ Ken Beaulieu and 6’5″ Schneiders Suffrard each had 11 for Concordia while prized NCAA D1 transfer 6’6″ Henderson Charles added 6 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes as Stingers coach Rastko Popovic used his bench liberally. Popovic was pleased with the defensive effort, commenting “very happy with the win and very happy with how we competed on the defensive end. It allowed us to get some easy baskets throughout the game. We must take care of the ball better as 26 turnovers is way too much.” Stingers also shot just 7 for 27 from downtown, an area that was of concern last season but that Noble, who was in the starting lineup last night, appears poised to help address. 6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh had 13 for the Gaels but turned it over 7 times.
McGill 69, Victoria 44… Cleaning up their defensive rebounding and getting out in transition were two key elements in a much more crisper effort by the Redmen in a dominant win over the host Vikes on the second day of the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament in Victoria. McGill also went 11-26 from downtown, getting a strong game from 6’1″ freshman point guard Kendrick Jolin (11 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists including 3-4 from downtown). McGill dominated the glass 45-32 and gave up only 2 “o” boards in the first half while establishing a 20 point lead. Redmen trapped ball screens selectively and generally replicated their strong half-court “d” holding the Vikes to just 31% shooting. UVic got 10 points from 6’6″ White Rock Christian Academy grad Jake Newman, who had spent some time at Carleton after transferring home from Lafayette College (Patriot League NCAA D1). 6’6″ veteran Grant Sitton struggled all evening for Vic going just 2-11 and took a careless foul out of frustration late in the game, prompting Coach Craig Beaucamp to pull him. On the final day of the event tonight, Vikes meet McMaster (2-0), who defeated Regina 75-61 last night getting 20 points from Lazar Kojovic while McGill takes on the Cougars (0-2).
Maine Fort-Kent (NAIA) 74, Bishop’s 67… Gaiters lose their opening game at the Eric Garland tournament as Bishop’s shoots 6 for 30 from 3. Gaiters had 4 players in double figures including 6’1″freshman Joany Castor Thadal who had 12 in his first game after being named CEGEP Defensive Player-of-the-Year last season at Champlain College. Box Score