RSEQ: Boye’s clutch shots rescue Citadins

UQAM (2-0) 80, McGill (1-1) 77 IN OVERTIME… 6’0″ freshman Misi Boye scored the final 5 points of the game, including a clutch 3 from the right baseline as the shot clock wound down as the Citadins outlasted a resilient McGill team playing without 3 rotation regulars.  Boye had 7 of Citadins 9 points in the extra session including a lay-in that got UQAM back to within 1 after another freshman, McGill’s 6’1″ Kendrick Jolin had started the extra session with a three pointer.  Earlier, Jolin went 1 for 2 from the line with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to send it to OT.  Jolin also gave McGill their last lead of the game on a slashing “and 1″ drive to the cup that made it 77-75 Redmen with 1:05 remaining.  But Boye was equal to it with his tough three followed by a leaning elbow jumper with about 10 seconds left in the overtime that rolled around and through.  McGill could only get a desperation 3 from 6’1” Jenning Leung that came up well short as UQAM survived.  Redmen built leads as large as 9 in the first quarter, executing their offense to perfection and getting several nice takes and threes from Leung but a second-quarter parade to the foul line allowed Citadins to get back in the game and lead at halftime.  Leung slashed his way into the paint and was a difficult match-up for Citadins sharp-shooting 6’0″ Charles Miller who picked up 3 early fouls and his fourth early in the third quarter, three of which came when guarding Leung.  Official stats are not yet available however McGill left at least 10 points at the foul line with another sub 50% shooting performance from the stripe.  Despite the issues at the line and with some transition turnovers from their young but maturing guards, McGill, trailing by 7 midway through the fourth, fought back as 6’3″ Avery Cadougan had two late 3’s including a bomb from the left wing that gave McGill a 68-67 lead.  On the next possession, UQAM’s 6’2″ Greishe Clerjuste drove to the rim and got the call but missed both free throws.  However, the rebound was tipped several times before a gratuitous bounce land in the lefty’s hands and Clerjuste made no mistake from downtown to allow UQAM to retake the lead.  But then Jolin took over for McGill with a tough, driving lay-up that got it to 1 and when McGill held, Jolin again got to the rim with a chance to give McGill the lead but made just 1-2.  The game, played before an overflow, excited crowd, featured several dramatic plays and epitomized the balance in the Q this season where virtually every game has already come down to the final possession.  McGill played without starters 6’2″ Dele Ogundukun and 6’7″ Francois Bourque as well as sixth man 6’5″ Michael Peterkin.  Coach Dave DeAveiro went with a center by committee arrangement with both 6’8″ Abdul Atta and 6’10” Michael Richard getting extended minutes and the match ups with 6’10” Yassin Debache featured several meetings at the rim as the big guys made their presence felt in the paint.  In the end, a gutty win by UQAM and a gritty effort by an undermanned Redmen side that probably lost the game in regulation at the free throw line.


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