Gaiters Well Rep­re­sented In RSEQ Awards

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheRSEQ an­nounced the men’s bas­ket­ball all-star teams and ma­jor award win­ners last Wed­nes­day and the Bishop’s Gaiters were well rep­re­sented. Mike An­drews was named player of the year and de­fen­sive player of the year, Rod Gilpin was the coach of the year and Tim Hunter re­ceived the RSEQ’s nom­i­na­tion for the Ken Shields award. An­drews and Jeremy Leonard-Smith were both first team all-stars while Jonathan Ber­millo cracked a spot on the all­rookie team.

An­drews an Oakville, On­tario na­tive was a force in the RSEQ. He was sec­ond in the con­fer­ence in scor­ing av­er­ag­ing 15.3 points per game on a league lead­ing 53.8 per­cent shoot­ing. He av­er­aged 6.4 re­bounds, 1.2 as­sists and was sec­ond in the coun­try with 2.0 blocks per game all the while av­er­ag­ing 24.9 min­utes off the bench. The 6-foot-10, third year cen­tre was named Provigo Robert La­fond Bishop’s Ath­lete of the Week three times dur­ing the sea­son.

Gilpin from orig­i­nally Sudbury, On­tario is in his fifth year at the helm of the sto­ried Gaiters men’s pro­gram. This sea­son was with­out a doubt his most suc­cess­ful. The Gaiters posted a 17-8 over­all record and 10-6 RSEQ league record en route to a sec­ond place fin­ish. A year ago Bishop’s missed the play­offs with a 4-12 record (9-16 over­all). This is his first RSEQ men’s coach of the year award to go along with his five RSEQ women’s coach of the year awards (1994-95, 97-98 and three straight from 2002-2005), all with Bishop’s.

Hunter earns his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Ken Shields Award nom­i­na­tion for ex­celling on the court while per­form­ing well in the class­room and be­ing heav­ily in­volved in the Bishop’s and Len­noxville com­mu­ni­ties. On the hard­wood the 6-foot-7 for­ward was solid. He av­er­aged 9.9 points per game, while shoot­ing 41.1 per­cent from the field. His 2.3 steals per game was sec­ond in the RSEQ and 10th in the CIS. He played 30.7 min­utes per game while start­ing ev­ery game in his fi­nal univer­sity sea­son.

Off the court the Baie D’Urfe, Que­bec na­tive was a true leader. He spear­headed many dif­fer­ent team ini­tia­tives giv­ing back to the Len­noxville com­mu­nity. He started ‘Terry’s Cause on Cam­pus’, is the LAMPE Foun­da­tion stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive, has been in­volved with the ‘Bar­rage Routier’ that ben­e­fits the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion for the past two win­ters, has coached at count­less bas­ket­ball camps and clin­ics and was a driv­ing force in the Alexan­der Galt Christ­mas Bas­ket Cam­paign where the Gaiters bagged gro­ceries while rais­ing funds for the lo­cal high school.

Leonard-Smith (Ot­tawa) earned a first team all-star se­lec­tion while Ber­millo (Mon­treal) put up strong num­bers in his first univer­sity sea­son and was named to the all-rookie team. First all-star team / Mike An­drews, Bishop’s; Alexan­dre Bernard, UQAM; Evens Laroche, Con­cor­dia; Simon Bibeau, McGill; Jeremy Leonard-Smith, Bishop’s. Sec­ond all-star team / Aleks Mitro­vic, McGill; Thibaud Dezut­ter, Laval; Kyle Des­marais, Con­cor­dia; Richard Ad­dai, UQAM; Vin­cent Du­fort, McGill. All-rookie team / Karl De­mers-Bélanger, Laval; Jona Ber­millo, Bishop’s; Chris­tian McCue, McGill; Ni­co­las Audet, UQAM; An­toine Beau­mier, Laval. Player of the year / Mike An­drews, Bishop’s. Rookie of the year / Karl De­mers-Bélanger, Laval. De­fen­sive player of the year / Mike An­drews, Bishop’s. Lead­er­ship award (RSEQ rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ken Shields) / Tim Hunter, Bishop’s. Coach of the year / Rod Gilpin, Bishop’s. Of­fi­cial of the year / Mike Homsy.

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