Gaiters Host Stingers In RSEQ Semi-fi­nal

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheBishop’s Gaiters men’s bas­ket­ball team will host the Con­cor­dia Stingers tonight Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 27th in one of two RSEQ semi-fi­nals. The game will take place in Mitchell Gym­na­sium start­ing at 7 p.m.

The Gaiters (10-6) fin­ished sec­ond in the RSEQ in the reg­u­lar sea­son and will host their first post sea­son game since March 3, 2006. The Gaiters earned sec­ond spot when the Stingers (9-7) lost to the Laval Rouge et Or (4-12) on the last day of the sea­son.

Bishop’s and Con­cor­dia played four times this sea­son with the Stingers win­ning on three oc­ca­sions. The Gaiters opened their cam­paign with a heart­break­ing 77-76 loss to Con­cor­dia in Len­noxville. Bishop’s bounced back with five straight wins and as­serted them­selves as a con­tender in Que­bec. The sec­ond match-up be­tween the squads was all Stingers as Con­cor­dia rolled 82-68 in Mon­treal. Bishop’s re­turned the favour with a con­vinc­ing 84-71 vic­tory in front of their win­ter home­com­ing crowd. The teams’ fi­nal meet­ing was the last of the sea­son for Bishop’s. They had a chance to clinch a home play­off game but fell 72-63. Con­cor­dia’s reg­u­lar sea­son end­ing loss to Laval dropped them to third in the RSEQ and set up Wed­nes­day’s match-up.

The Gaiters have been led by Mike An­drews (Oakville, On­tario) who has been the team’s sixth man all year long. He av­er­aged 15.3 points per game (sec­ond in the RSEQ) on 53.8 per­cent shoot­ing (led the RSEQ) in the reg­u­lar sea­son. He also grabbed 6.4 re­bounds per game and blocked a league lead­ing 2.0 shots per game.

The Gaiters and Stingers will meet for the fifth time this sea­son and the first time in the play­offs since 2005. Tip-off is tonight at 7 p.m. in Mitchell Gym­na­sium. Tick­ets will be avail­able in the John H. Price Sports Cen­tre start­ing at 6 p.m. The game will also be avail­able on­line at http://www.ss­ncanada.ca/ game/5172/.

Fol­low the Gaiters as they be­gin their play­off run at www.gaiters.ca.

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