MBB: Gaiters Stunned By Stingers In Opener

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheBishop’s Gaiters suf­fered a stun­ning de­feat at the hands of the Con­cor­dia Stingers on Satur­day night as they opened their reg­u­lar sea­son. Bishop’s led by 12 points with just over two min­utes to play but the Stingers came back to steal a 77-76 vic­tory in front of a bois­ter­ous Mitchell Gym­na­sium crowd.

Bishop’s was ea­ger to get the reg­u­lar sea­son go­ing as they had yet to step onto the hard­wood in 2012-13 while the Stingers en­tered with a 2-0 record. Bishop’s came out strong jump­ing out to a 19-15 lead af­ter the first quar­ter. The Stingers an­swered back with a big sec­ond frame, outscor­ing Bishop’s 23-16 and snatch­ing a 38-35 half­time ad­van­tage.

In the third the Gaiters in­verted the sec­ond quar­ter score as fans inside Mitchell Gym­na­sium re­ally started to play a fac­tor. The hosts led 58-54 en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter.

In the fourth Bishop’s took con­trol in the first eight min­utes, ex­tend­ing their lead up to 12 points with just un­der three min­utes re­main­ing. Con­cor­dia started to chip away al­though it looked to be too lit­tle too late. The turn­ing point ap­peared to come as the Gaiters were as­sessed a tech­ni­cal foul with 2:15 re­main­ing when they broke from a time­out and had some con­fu­sion as to whether they were able to make a sub­sti­tu­tion. De­spite the er­ror Bishop’s con­tin­ued to lead by nine points. The Gaiters were un­able to put the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin as three times in the last thirty sec­onds they could only split a pair of free throws.

The Gaiters could not get a shot off and the Stingers snuck away a 77-76 vic­tory, their third of the year.

Bishop’s could only man­age a 1-9 ef­fort from three point range but were 28-60 from the floor.

Next up for Bishop’s (0-1) the Laval Rouge et Or (0-2) are in town on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24th. Tip-off is sched­uled for 8 p.m. in Mitchell Gym­na­sium.

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