McGill 87, Bishop’s 59… Redmen finished the first half on an 18-4 run and later took a 21 point lead early in the third, cruising to a weekend sweep of the Gaiters in Lennoxville. McGill pounded the ball inside and used crisp ball movement and the extra pass to get wide open perimeter looks sending the undermanned Gaiters to their sixth consecutive loss. McGill’s front line including 6’5″ Michael Peterkin (who has been inserted into the starting lineup), 6’7″ Francois Bourque and 6’9″ Sebastien Beckett combined to shoot 12 for 20 from the floor – Redmen shot 51% as a team – scoring a combined 32 points with 19 rebounds as Redmen took advantage of the absence of 6’5″ David Belanger (concussion) and the roster loss of 6’6″ sophomore Nick Harvey. Redmen stretched the lead to 30+ on the strength of 5-8 threes in the final 15 minutes from reserve 6’3″ wing Avery Cadogen who finished with a team-high 17, all after the game was well decided. 6’0″ Alexandre Boisse, back into the lineup after missing a couple of weeks, had 12 points in 26 minutes to lead Bishop’s.
Concordia 57, Laval 55… Stingers broke to a 20+ point lead by early in the third but had to hold on valiantly to squeeze past Rouge et Or, sending Laval to their 7th consecutive defeat. Concordia led by 9 with 4 minutes remaining but scored only 1 point the rest of the way but still hung on to remain in the hunt for the RSEQ regular season pennant; Stingers are one game behind first place McGill. Concordia coach Rastko Popovic: ” It’s a road win and we’ll take it but we have to finish games better especially learn how to hold leads and put teams away. Thought we played tremendous for 3 quarters especially defensively but we were too passive in the 4th Q and allowed their aggressiveness to dictate the game.” With Stingers victory and Bishop’s loss to McGill, both Concordia and UQAM have both officially qualified for the RSEQ Final 4 tournament. Laval still has a two-game lead over the Gaiters for fourth spot. Rouge et Or visit Lennoxville next Saturday night and with a victory over Bishop’s would clinch at least a tie for fourth spot.
Games Next Week:
Thursday: UQAM at McGill
Saturday: Laval at Bishop’s; Concordia at UQAM.