De­marais’ Daz­zles Not Enough; Gaiters Lose A Pair To Red­men

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Former­league MVP Kyle De­marais scored 19 and 20 points re­spec­tively to lead all scor­ers but it was not enough as Bishop’s dropped a pair of con­tests to the McGill Red­men on Thurs­day in Mon­treal and Satur­day in Len­noxville. This week marked the start of the 2015 por­tion of the RSEQ Univer­sity Bas­ket­ball sea­son.

On Thurs­day in Mon­treal, Bishop’s led en­ter­ing the fi­nal frame be­fore be­ing outscored 22-12 by the Red­men, giv­ing McGill a 78-71 vic­tory. De­marais (Mon­treal) led all scor­ers with 19 points; he added an as­sist, five re­bounds and six steals in 36 min­utes.

That drama was fol­lowed up with an epic bat­tle on Satur­day. McGill led for the majority of the contest be­fore Bishop’s went on a run in front of over 500 fans packed into the Bishop’s Univer­sity Gym in the new sports cen­tre due to ren­o­va­tions to Mitchell Gym.

The Gaiters were fi­nally able to grab a lead, their first of the sec­ond half with 1:39 re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter. After back and forth pos­ses­sions, Jona Ber­millo (Mon­treal) com­pleted and old fash­ion three-point-play (to re­main per­fect from the free throw line on the year, 15-for-15) and the Gaiters re­gained a two-point lead with 1:07 to go. Jen­ning Lung (La­guna, Philip­pines) took over at the of­fen­sive end for McGill in the fi­nal minute. He con­verted a lay-up to tie the game then fol­low­ing a Gaiters missed shot he knocked down a three-pointer from the cor­ner put the vis­i­tors up three with four seconds re­main­ing. Bishop’s called time out and a last gasp three-point ef­fort by Ber­millo rat­tle off the rim giv­ing the Red­men a 62-59 vic­tory and a share of first place in the RSEQ at 4-2. The Gaiters fall to 3-3 on the year and sit in third.

The Laval Rouge et Or vault into a tie for first place also at 4-2 after sweep­ing a home-and-home se­ries of their own with the UQAM Ci­tadins (2-4).

“I think we played hard at times on Thurs­day night,” said Gaiters head coach Rod Gilpin. “We played hard for 40 min­utes tonight. I’m re­ally pleased with our ef­fort. We started knock­ing some shots down in the sec­ond half (Satur­day) night and ob­vi­ously that made a dif­fer­ence. Kyle looks like the league MVP he was four years ago, we are start­ing to come to­gether; I think we’ll be okay.”

Bishop’s is next in ac­tion on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 15 in the first leg of another home­and-home se­ries. They will tip-off against De­marais’ for­mer team, the Con­cor­dia Stingers (1-3), in Mon­treal at 8 p.m. while the two squads will play at Bishop’s on Satur­day at 8 p.m.

ErikaSmith and Justin School­craft have been named the Piper ath­letes of the month for De­cem­ber at Alexan­der Galt High School. Smith helped lead the Ju­nior Girls bas­ket­ball team to a per­fect 7-0 record De­cem­ber in the tough RSEQ AA league and ETIAC. The power for­ward put up big of­fen­sive num­bers by av­er­ag­ing 19 points and 10 re­bounds a game. The Ayer’s Cliff res­i­dent has gained a lot of con­fi­dence play­ing un­der coach Glenn Faucher as she is play­ing a much more ag­gres­sive two way game. The 14-year-old has re­ally im­proved her ath­letic skills and work ethic since trans­fer­ring to Galt last year in the Sports Con­cen­tra­tion pro­gram.

School­craft has been the driv­ing force be­hind the Ban­tam Hockey team this past month by guid­ing the team to 2-2 record in the ETIAC. In the four games the 13-yearold cen­ter scored 8 goals and 4 as­sists. His im­pres­sive play also got him called up to the Se­nior team in which he recorded an as­sist in three games. School­craft also re­sides from Ayer’s Cliff and he has im­proved his hockey skills since be­ing part of the Hockey Con­cen­tra­tion pro­gram for the last three years. The Ayer’s Cliff na­tive will try and win another ETIAC cham­pi­onship be­fore he moves on the Se­nior team next year.

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