RSEQ Pennant on the line tonight at the Bee Hive


McGill (10-3) at Concordia (9-4)… Expect an overflow crowd to pack in to the BeeHive tonight at Concordia as the Stingers look to pull back into a tie for first-place in the Q, hosting the leading Redmen.  This is the fourth and final game of the regular season series between the two teams and McGill leads the series 2-1.  Importantly for any potential tie-breaking scenario is that Stingers must win tonight’s game by 43 or more points to own the tie-breaker – much of that gap occurred in the first game of the season between the two teams at McGill in what turned into a 40 point Redmen victory.  A McGill win this evening will clinch Redmen’s 5th consecutive RSEQ regular season pennant.  Stingers, winners of 5 in a row and 6 of 7, have shortened their rotation, riding their starting five with each of 5’11” Ricardo Monge, 6’1″ Nicky Noble, 6’4″ Ken Beaulieu, 6’5″ Schneiders Suffrard and 6’5″ Michael Fosu generally playing 25+ minutes at least since the Holiday break.  Stingers used as many as 14 players during the early portion of the season but 5’11” Mikee Dosado and 6’0″ Garry Mersier have not seen any action since before Christmas; still Concordia has quality depth off the bench, especially with 6’6″ McGill nemesis T.J. Umar who has been a tough match-up in these games.  6’5″ freshman Olivier Simon has seen his minutes diminish somewhat in the second half but has a bright future as a wing forward while 6’1″ Henderson Charles and 6’0″ Cedric Coriolan provide guard depth for a long, strong rotation.  McGill, winners of 4 in a row and 7 of their past 8 league games, have played the past two without 6’1″ freshman sensation Kendrick Jolin who is struggling with a bout of pneumonia but McGill has since started bigger lineups inserting 6’5″ Michael Peterkin up front with 6’7″ Francois Bourque and 6’8″ Noah Daoust, sliding 6’1″ Jenning Leung to the point.  6’2″ Dele Ogundokun, after a slow start, has put together an MVP-like season, sitting among the league leaders in all important offensive categories including scoring (13.6 ppg/3rd in RSEQ), rebounding (6.9 rpg/4th), assists (3.5 apg/2nd), steals (2.2 spg/2nd), field goal percentage (45%/5th), made threes (3rd) and 3 pt % (7th).  His likely match-up with Beaulieu tonight will be among the more telling story-lines in what is again expected to be a physical, high-intensity affair that begins at 8 PM ET.

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