Gaiters drop heart­breaker to Mcgill, 70-67

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Montreal

Ajumperby Ni­co­las Lan­g­ley with 1:57 to go proved to be de­ci­sive as the Mcgill Red­men edged the Bishop’s Gaiters, 70-67, in Que­bec univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball league play at the Love Com­pe­ti­tion Hall in Montreal, Thurs­day. Lan­g­ley’s bucket, two of his team-high 18 points, put Mcgill up 68-67, the ninth and fi­nal lead change of a fre­netic, back-and­forth, fi­nal quar­ter. The Gaiters had the ball for the game’s fi­nal 20 sec­onds, but a po­ten­tial game-ty­ing three-poin­ter rimmed out, al­low­ing the Red­men to come away with the vic­tory.

“I was pleased with our ef­fort. We ex­e­cuted very well at times,” said Rod Gilpin, the Gaiters’ head coach. “Our pres­sure de­fence was very good, but we have to re­bound way bet­ter than we did.”

Mcgill led 38-31 at half­time and by as many as eight points mid­way through the third quar­ter, but the Gaiters went on a 13-4 run to take a 55-54 lead af­ter the third, keyed by six points from Tim Hunter (Baie d’urfé, Que.) in the last 1:14 of the quar­ter.

“That was our best third quar­ter of the year,” said Gilpin. “It showed some grit and tough­ness from our guys, be­cause we could have folded at that point. The third quar­ter has been an is­sue for us, but we ended up outscor­ing them. It was led by our de­fence, and dur­ing that time, we con­trolled our back­board.”

The Gaiters (5-14, 5-10 CIS, 0-6 Que­bec) were led by 19 points from Hunter, while sec­ond-year cen­tre Mike An­drews (Oakville, Ont.) scored 16 points, grabbed eight re­bounds and tied his ca­reer high with four blocked shots.

Mcgill (10-16, 8-10 CIS, 4-3 Que­bec) had a pair of play­ers with dou­ble-dou­bles, as Karim Sy-moris­sette scored 11 points and had 11 re­bounds, while Tris­tan Re­naud-trem­blay scored 11 and grabbed 13 boards. Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic was the fourth Red­men player in dou­ble fig­ures, also with 11 points.

Mcgill out­re­bounded Bishop’s 42-23, but the Gaiters com­mit­ted only ten turnovers, while forc­ing 20 Mcgill mis­cues.

The Gaiters re­turn to ac­tion on Fri­day, Jan­uary 20, as they visit the UQAM Ci­tadins. The Gaiters’ first home game of 2012 is set for Satur­day, Jan­uary 21 at 4 p.m. against the Laval Rouge et Or.

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