RSEQ: Citadins bounce back strong with sweep over Bishop’s

Entering the weekend having lost 5 of their past 6 RSEQ games – and 8 of 9 overall – UQAM Citadins were reeling and, with a home-and-home set against last-place Bishop’s on the horizon – the prospect of falling further in the standings stared coach Nate Philippe’s team in the face.  Consider their first big test of the season a resounding success after a two-game sweep over the Gaiters in which UQAM led by double digits for long stretches of the two games.  Balanced scoring was evident with the Citadins who had 4 players in double figures on Friday night in Lennoxville and led by 20 with 7 minutes remaining.  Gaiters did knock down threes on 3 consecutive possessions late to get it to 5 with 1:24 remaining but could get no closer.  Back home in Montreal on Saturday, Citadins quickly established a double-digit lead and cruised to a 19 point win with 6 players hitting double figures led by 6’2″ lefty Greishe Clerjuste with 19 points.  Citadins outrebounded Bishop’s 41-25 and UQAM turned it over just 5 times all night to sweep the weekend… McGill Redmen bounced back with a late fourth-quarter surge to gain a split over Concordia with a 63-51 win in what was another physical affair filled with hand checks and pushing that turns some of these matches into glorified football games.  After 6’4″ Ken Beaulieu tied the game at 38 with a dunk with about 8 minutes left in the game (38 all early in the fourth !!!), 6’8″ Sebastien Beckett started a game-deciding 12-2 run with an open 3 and Redmen were never threatened after that.  6’7″ Francois Bourque and 6’5″ Michael Peterkin each bounced back from foul-plagued efforts in Thursday’s game at the BeeHive, leading McGill with 13 points apiece as 4 Redmen hit double figures.  McGill again played without 6’8″ Noah Daoust who missed both games this week with a strained elbow.  The Redmen get a bye next weekend as Bishop’s & Concordia and UQAM & Laval play home-and-homes against each other.

RSEQ Standings

McGill 7-3

UQAM 5-5

Laval 4-4

Concordia 4-4

Bishop’s 2-6


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