RSEQ: Redmen pull away at Laval with dominant defensive effort

McGill 62, Laval 45… Redmen completely locked down the home-town Rouge et Or down the stretch, holding Laval to just 2 made free throws in the final 6 1/2 minutes in a decisive win.  Laval now must defeat Concordia in Montreal and have Bishop’s upset UQAM on Senior’s night to have any chance at finishing 3rd.  After 6’0″ Karl Demers-Belanger, playing on his Senior’s night, banked in a long 3 from the top of the bowl to bring the game to 48-43 McGill, Redmen did not allow another field goal and finished the game on a 14-2 run to complete their regular season at 13-3.  In fact, after getting the game to 1 on a slick baseline drive and dunk by 6’5″ forward Charles-Andre Edorh with 2 minutes left in the third, Rouge et Or scored only 5 points in the final 12 minutes of play. 6’0″ Jenning Leung went 5-8 from three to finish with a game-high 17 points for McGill while 6’4″ Daniel Pieper and 6’8″ Noah Daoust adding 11 apiece – those 3 combined to shoot 10 for 16 from downtown.  Redmen played without the services of 6’1″ Isaiah Cummins, 6’9″ Sebastien Beckett and of course 6’1″ Kendrick Jolin who is out for the season with a shoulder injury.  Unless things change dramatically, these two teams will meet again a week from tonight in the RSEQ semi-finals.

On Wednesday, Concordia won at Bishop’s 79-76 despite shooting just 2 for 15 from downtown.  6’5″ Abdul Kamane led all scorers with 18 points as the Stingers remain comfortably in 2nd place and would meet UQAM in an RSEQ semi-final should the standings remain as they are.  If the Stingers win at home on Saturday against Laval OR UQAM defeats Bishop’s later that same night, Concordia and UQAM will meet in the semi-finals.



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