RSEQ: Stingers win drops Bishop’s deeper; undermanned UQAM wins at Laval

Both Montreal-based teams won important games in the Q last night as Concordia Stingers got another strong performance off the bench from 6’0″ Adrian Armstrong, who just joined the Stingers after Christmas and has injected energy from the perimeter off the bench.  Armstrong, who comes to the Stingers from Montreal’s Dawson College, last night had 14 first-quarter points including a stretch of 10 in a row that built an early double digit lead as Stingers clobbered Bishop’s 76-55.  Armstrong finished with 17 and 6’4″ Ken Beaulieu led all scorers with 20 as Bishop’s shot just 3 for 25 from downtown.  Second-year Concordia coach Rastko Popovic praised his team’s ability to defend the Gaiters:  “Pretty good defensive performance tonight especially by our starting unit. Offensively, rookie Adrian Armstrong gave us a great early boost and Ken Beaulieu had a good night with 20 pts. Must not get complacent and be ready to play at their gym on Saturday.”  Bishop’s drops to 2-7 in the league and now appears to be chasing Laval who gave up a 7-point fourth quarter lead in falling to UQAM Citadins.  6’2″ Greishe Clerjuste broke a tie with just over a minute to play while later Laval’s Alain Bernard had a chance to tie the game but missed a free throw that could have tied it.  Laval then turned it over twice when Citadins struggled to put the game away at the line, going 4 for 8 in the final moments but survived.  UQAM, already missing 6’0″ Charles Miller their starting two man, also played without impact freshman 6’0″ point guard Misi Boye who was injured.  Laval welcomed back 6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc who missed two games two weeks ago with an ankle injury and the all-RSEQ candidate came off the bench for 8 points on 3-12 shooting, adding 8 rebounds.  Both games will have rematches on Saturday night with Laval at UQAM and Concordia travelling to Lennoxville to face Bishop’s.

RSEQ Standings

McGill 7-3

UQAM 6-5

Concordia 5-4

Laval 4-5

Bishop’s 2-7


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