Gaiters Re­main Un­blem­ished Af­ter Win Over Laval

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Jona Bemillo scored 21 points and the Gaiters re­mained un­de­feated on the year af­ter an 80-79 vic­tory over the Laval Rouge et Or on Fri­day night in Mitchell Gym. Bishop’s re­mains tied atop the RSEQ Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball standings with the McGill Red­men at 3-0.

Fri­day night’s con­test was one of streaks. Laval (0-2) was on fire in the open­ing quar­ter and grabbed a 26-19 lead. The tor­rent pace calmed down a bit as the Gaiters (3-0) de­fense tight­ened up and only al­lowed nine points in the sec­ond while scor­ing 17 of their own to grab a 36-34 ad­van­tage at the break.

The Rouge et Or made it clear from the start they were not go­ing to let reign­ing RSEQ Player of the Year Mike An­drews (Oakville, Ont.) beat them. He was fre­quently dou­ble teamed in the post forc­ing perime­ter shoot­ing. Un­for­tu­nately for Bishop’s they were only able to go 2-for-16 from be­hind the arc in the open­ing half. They ended up fin­ish­ing the game at 4-for-25. Ber­millo (Mon­treal) made one of those triples but was more ef­fec­tive when pen­e­trat­ing and pulling up to shoot. His 21 points came on 8-for18 shoot­ing while An­drews was held to just 2-for-6 and seven to­tal points.

The third stanza saw Bishop’s con­tinue to con­trol the flow and ex­tend their ad­van­tage to 59-48 much to the de­light of a bois­ter­ous Mitchell Gym crowd.

A vet­eran Rouge et Or squad re­fused to give in and went on a run to start the fourth quar­ter. Af­ter the hosts ex­tended their lead to 11, Laval went on a 15-2 run and grabbed a 67-65 lead with 4:47 re­main­ing. Fourth-year for­ward Ma­jid Naji (Lunel, France) hit a big jump shot to re-energize the crowd and the Gaiters. That tied the game for the fi­nal time and kick-started an 8-0 Bishop’s run as they never looked back. Rookie Jaleel Webb (Mon­treal) knocked down a three­p­ointer as time ex­pired to give Bishop’s an 80-69 win and set up a first-place show­down on Thurs­day night in Mon­treal when the Gaiters face the Red­men (3-0).

“It was a tough game and I ex­pected that,” said Gaiters bench boss Rod Gilpin. “There were some pos­i­tives and some neg­a­tives but Laval is go­ing to be a tough game ev­ery time we play them.

“We were undis­ci­plined de­fen­sively and made some mis­takes we had talked about not mak­ing and it al­lowed them to get on a run.

“I was ex­pect­ing them to be tough and dou­ble team the post. It’s some­thing I think we are go­ing to see all year. It’s fine; we spend time work­ing on those things. I was dis­ap­pointed with how we shot the ball from the three-point line. We aren’t a great shoot­ing team but we are bet­ter than what we showed.”

The Gaiters now en­ter their fi­nal week be­fore the Christ­mas break. They will

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