Defense, rebounding lift Redmen to solid win over Manitoba

McGill 63, Manitoba 53… Redmen controlled the defensive glass and held the Bisons to just 2 for 8 shooting from downtown in a 10 point win over the Canada West finalists to break the RSEQ’s streak of 11 consecutive seasons without a championship round victory at this tournament.  McGill led for virtually the entire way in a grinding, defensive battle with Manitoba getting it to as close as 3 with 7 minutes left in the third before 6’1″ Jenning Leung started a 9-2 run to rebuild the lead to double digits.  Later 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun banged in a three from the left wing for Redmen’s largest lead at 13 with under two minutes to play and the game was decided.  McGill consistently ran the hot-shooting Bisons, who made 11 of 21 threes in their CW semi-final win at Calgary, off the three point line and held Manitoba to just 4 offensive rebounds and just 23 points overall after halftime.  6’7″ Francois Bourque was dominant inside with 13 points and 14 rebounds including several slick inside finishes off wing ball screen action.  Leung added 13 including three 3’s, the biggest being the momentum-changing shot from the left baseline to start the big run.  Emerging 6’8″ reserve Sebastien Beckett came off the bench to score all 8 of his points after halftime helping to offset a sluggish start for 6’8″ Noah Daoust who himself became more engaged with a strong second half.  6’4″ Keith Omoerah was Bisons best player with 13 points and 9 rebounds (all defensive) while 5’11” A.J. Basi added 13 on just 5-14 shooting and just one three when McGill overhelped on strong side penetration.  McGill meets Carleton in one championship semi-final on Saturday night.


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