UQAM 81, Concordia 71… Citadins reached their second consecutive RSEQ championship game in what many would consider an upset win over #2 seeded Stingers as 6’0″ Misi Boye, 6’5″ Ibrahima Sylla and 6’3″ Christian Kadima combined to shoot 9 for 18 from beyond the arc. UQAM grabbed a season-high 20 offensive rebounds, many leading to second chance open threes and came up with big stops when needed to move to within one game of the Final 8. Boye, Sylla and Kadima each had 16 points in a balance effort, overcoming a tough night for 6’2″ RSEQ All-Star Greishe Clerjuste, who finished with just 6 points on 2-12 shooting. After UQAM took a double digit first half lead, Stingers scored the final 6 points of the second quarter and the lead changed several times before UQAM dominated the fourth, punctuated by an 8-0 run to begin the final frame that gave UQAM the lead for good. Citadins made 4 of their first 6 threes in the fourth with clutch, taking advantage of at least 6 offensive rebounds in the quarter that led to pitch outs for open threes. Concordia will no doubt lament their 11 for 25 effort from the free throw line including several misses down the stretch when Stingers tried to make their final run. 6’0″ lefty Nicky Noble led all scorers with 17 points for Concordia. Second-year UQAM Head Coach Nate Phillipe was proud of his troops: “Best game of the year offensively and defensively; best they’ve executed all season long. Our offensive rebounding was key as was our ability to get key stops including our transition “d” which prevented momentum-changing run outs.” Citadins look to complete another upset tonight against #1 seeded McGill.
McGill 59, Laval 48… In another physical, defensive struggle that has become common place between these two teams, the Redmen pulled away in the fourth quarter with a game-deciding 17-5 run started by a dunk by 6’5″ Michael Peterkin (game-high 16 points). 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun (13 points, 11 rebounds, 7 steals, 3 assists), playing through a ankle injury sustained during the game, made two big free throws and completed the run with a three-pointer. Rouge et Or continued to struggle scoring the ball, shooting just 25% as a team from the floor including just 3 for 13 from three. 6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc was the only Laval player in double figures with 16 points including a three that tied the game for the final time early in the fourth; McGill followed with their big run to clinch it. Redmen will look to claim their 4th appearance at the Final 8 in the past 5 seasons against UQAM this evening.