Bishop’s Falls To Redmen In RSEQ Final
TheBishop’s Gaiters men’s basketball team traveled to Montreal on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 to face the McGill Redmen in the RSEQ championship. The capacity crowd in Currie Gymnasium was supportive and enthusiastic towards both sides. The game was hard fought for the full forty minutes. McGill won 77-74 and took the RSEQ gold medal while Bishop’s settled for silver.
Tim Hunter (Baie D’Urfe, Quebec) opened the first quarter for the Gaiters with a three but Vincent Dufort (Smith Falls, Ontario) answered with one of his own for McGill. McGill collected three early fouls after just two minutes. Bishop’s took advantage and shot well as they grabbed an early lead on the Redmen. Hunter made four shots from beyond the arc, which brought the large contingent of Gaiters fans to their feet and gave the Bishop’s a 23-14 lead after the first quarter. Bishop’s dominated the second quarter and lengthened their lead. Mike Andrews (Oakville, Ontario) scored at will for the Gaiters and ended the half with 11 points. Jonathan Bermillo (Montreal) added two threes in the frame. Bishop’s shot for 46.9 percent from the field in the first half. Hunter had 15 points at halftime mark, all from beyond the arc. Bishop’s took the second quarter 19-14 and were up at half 42-28.
Te’Jour Riley (Hamilton, Bermuda) gave McGill the first points of the third quarter. Jeremy LeonardSmith ( Ottawa) answered for Bishop’s with a three. McGill found their pace as the game started to turn in their favour with five minutes left in the third. Both teams were in foul trouble and shooting bonus with 4:20 remaining in the quarter. The Redman cut the lead to four with one minute to play, the closest the game had been since the first quarter. McGill won the third quarter 27-19. The score after three intense quarters of play was 61-55 Bishop’s.
Bishop’s tried to establish their lead again as Onnex Blackwood (Scarborough, Ontario) had a stellar put back as the shot clock expired to extend their lead to seven early in the final frame. The Gaiters had a strong purple crowd behind them but the combination of foul trouble and hot McGill shooting won out. Scott Ring (Ottawa) fouled out and McGill rarely missed in the final minutes. The Redmen’s Adrian
TheConcordia Stingers travelled to Sherbrooke last Wednesday night to play in the Bishop’s Gaiters in an RSEQ semifinal. It was the first playoff game that Bishop’s hosted in seven years. The Gaiters pulled out a tight win over the Stingers 70-63 in front of a packed Mitchell Gymnasium.
The Stingers started off the semi-final with eight unanswered points. Tim Hunter (Baie D’Urfe, Quebec) drained a three pointer to put the Gaiters on the scoreboard. Bishop’s grabbed momentum and pulled ahead of Concordia 15-11 with three minutes left in the first quarter. A three pointer by Concordia’s Kyle Hynes-Guery (Montreal) was fouled while shooting a three with 5:08 remaining. He made all three free throws to tie the game at 65. Bishop’s was up by two with just over a minute left but Hynes-Guery drained a three to give McGill the lead 75-74. The Gaiters missed a layup and committed a foul sending the Redmen to the line. McGill held on to win the RSEQ gold medal 77-74.
Top scorer for the Gaiters was Andrews with 22 points and seven rebounds. Hunter in his last game in a Bishop’s uniform finished with 17 points and three rebounds. Leonard-Smith contributed 14 points and four boards. High scorer for the Redmen was HynesGuery with 24 points. Simon Bibeau (St. Bruno, Quebec) had 12 points and Dufort had nine points and 10 rebounds.
McGill moves on to the CIS Championship in Ottawa while the Gaiters finished the season with their best result since 2004.