McGill 72, Concordia 45… Dominating virtually from start to finish, Redmen used a swarming “d” that gave up very few open looks, spaced the floor nicely offensively and had a balanced scoring attack – 7 different players had at least 7 points on the night – all leading to an easy road win at the BeeHive, clinching first place in RSEQ, the fifth consecutive regular season title for the Redmen.
McGill (11-3), winning their fifth in a row, got another solid all-round performance from 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun (7 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists) who had several strong defensive rebounds and most importantly completely shut down Stingers star 6’4″ forward Ken Beaulieu, who did not score a single point. 6’5″ Michael Peterkin and 6’7″ Francois Bourque added to arguably McGill’s best team defensive effort in a big spot of the entire season, taking turns making life difficult for Concordia’s other usually-stellar forward 6’5″ Schneiders Suffrard. Beaulieu and Suffrard combined to go 3-13 from the floor including 1-6 from downtown as McGill held Stingers to 28% shooting overall and just 4-23 (17%) from three.
Peterkin also came off the bench early to score 7 quick points, including a two-handed slam along the baseline off a nice feed from 6’8″ Noah Daoust after wonderful McGill spacing offensively, a strong take to the rim and then a long three from about 3 feet behind the stripe, part of a big 23-2 run that pushed the lead to 21 at 33-12 with 5 minutes gone in the second quarter and McGill was never seriously threatened thereafter. Redmen had 19 assists on 26 field goals overall and outrebounded the Stingers 34-21 including allowing just 2 offensive boards after halftime.
McGill led by 17 at halftime and had 9 different players hit the scoresheet in the first 20 minutes. Stingers tried to push the tempo somewhat, trapping wing ball screens and hand offs, but McGill guards dealt with them well, usually finding open teammates for easy scores or open 3’s.
The game turned a bit nasty late as 6’1″ Kendrick Jolin attacked the rim with about 3 minutes remaining and was fouled hard by 6’0″ Henderson Charles, who had a tough night defensively. Jolin slammed to the floor and medical personnel were later seen popping his shoulder into place after what looked like a needlessly aggressive foul, especially given time and score. 6’0″ Ricardo Monge had another solid effort for Stingers with 11 points, 9 in the first half; their only double figure scorer and really Concordia’s only consistent scoring threat all night.