McGill 79, Bishop’s 62… Redmen led virtually the entire way and pulled away with a 23-5 run over a 6 minute span in the third quarter, officially clinching a berth in the RSEQ Final 4 with a home win over injury-riddled Gaiters. 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun continued his fine play with 8 of his game-high 19 points during the stretch and 6’5″ Michael Peterkin came off the bench to score 16 including a two-handed slam along the right baseline during that same run as Redmen dominated the glass in the absence of Bishop’s two starting forwards 6’5″ David Belanger (concussion) and 6’6″ Nick Harvey. Ogundokun also did a nice job on 6’0″ Jona Bermillo who did knock down 3 3’s for 15 points in 32 minutes for Bishop’s. 6’5″ sophomore forward Abdul Kamane slashed his way to the rim for 19 points including 10-13 from the free throw line for the Gaiters, now 2-9 and in danger of missing RSEQ post-season for the second consecutive year. 6’7″ Francois Bourque had 10 points and 10 rebounds to help Redmen move to 8-3 on the season. The teams have a return engagement Saturday night in Lennoxville.
Concordia 68, Laval 54… Breaking open a one-point game with a mid-third-quarter 11-2 run highlighted by a breakaway two-handed slam followed by transition three from 6’4″ Ken Beaulieu, the Stingers fortified their hold on a playoff spot with a home win against Rouge et Or. 6’6″ Schneiders Suffrard had 16 of his season high 21 points after halftime and added 8 rebounds for Concordia (7-4), while Stingers held Laval star wing 6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc scoreless until the fourth quarter – Leclerc finished 0-7 from the floor with just 2 points. Concordia Head Coach Raskto Popovic was pleased with his team’s defensive effort while lamenting 22 turnovers: “Good win and very good defensive performance. We held Leclerc in check. Schneiders was great offensively. Still must cut turnovers and make better decisions.” Laval shot just 4-17 from three and just 8-19 from the foul line in absorbing their sixth consecutive loss. Rouge et Or maintain a two-game lead over Bishop’s for fourth place in the RSEQ. Beaulieu had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes for the Stingers. The team’s meet again on Saturday night in Ste. Foy.