Gaiters bounced out of playoffs by visiting Laval
A22-point night from Étienne Labrecque led the Laval Rouge et Or to an 87-76 victory over the Bishop’s Gaiters in CIS men’s basketball action at the Mitchell Gym, last Friday night.
The game, played under a playoff atmosphere before a season-high crowd of 1,073, featured seven ties and 11 lead changes, with neither team holding more than a six point lead until the fourth quarter. The game’s final tie came at 65-65, after the Gaiters had used a 9-1 run to pull even. Laval responded with an 8-1 run of their own, including five points by Labrecque, to take a 74-66 lead with 5:00 to play.
The Gaiters cut the margin to 78-76 with 3:23 left, after a three-pointer by Tim Hunter (Baie d’urfé, Que.) and a sevenfooter by Mike Andrews (Oakville, Ont.), but they could draw no closer. A three-pointer by Xavier Baribeau with 2:01 left proved to be the dagger, as he restored put Laval up 83-76. The visitors made four free throws down the stretch to clinch their berth in the postseason.
The loss sullied a careerhigh 20 points by the Gaiters’ Jeremy LeonardSmith. The Ottawa native went 6-for-12 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line before fouling out in the late stages. Mukiya Post (Victoria, B.C.) scored 17 points, as did point guard Sean Monplaisir (Toronto, Ont.). Hunter finished with five points, but tied his career high with eight assists. Andrews had a career-high 15-rebounds, and also made one block. He continues to lead the CIS with 2.1 blocks per game.
The Gaiters conclude the season with a 9-20 overall record (9-16 vs. CIS, 4-12 Quebec). Laval is 12-18 overall (9-16 CIS, 5-10 Quebec) with one game remaining in their regular season.