Martlets March Past Gaiters In Both Ends Of Home And Home

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Thena­tion’s third ranked team, the McGill Martlets proved twice this week­end they are one of the best univer­sity bas­ket­ball teams in the CIS. They topped the win­less Bishop’s Gaiters 85-30 on Thurs­day in Mon­treal and backed that up with a 67-50 win to spoil the Gaiters home opener in Len­noxville on Satur­day.

Bishop’s had yet to play a contest on their cam­pus prior to Jan­uary 10 due to Mitchell Gym and the John H. Price Sports Cen­tre Ren­o­va­tion. The fa­cil­ity was not fin­ished for the game there­fore the game was moved to the gym on the new side of the Bishop’s sports cen­tre.

Fol­low­ing a dom­i­nat­ing McGill per­for­mance on Thurs­day night, Bishop’s came out de­ter­mined to earn their first vic­tory of the sea­son. The Gaiters held the dan­ger­ous Martlets in check early on; the score was knot­ted at 11 after the first quar­ter. McGill pulled away in the mid­dle two stan­zas, outscor­ing the hosts 43-22 in the sec­ond and third frames. A late push by Bishop’s in the fourth quar­ter was not enough, as the Martlets re­mained per­fect at 6-0 with a 76-50 vic­tory.

Lead­ing the way for the Gaiters was Naomi Zitt-James (Ajax, Ont.). She net­ted 14 points on 6-for-11 shoot­ing in 27 min­utes on Satur­day. Noemie Hamelp-Petit (Magog, Que.) scored 12 points in her home de­but.

The Gaiters im­proved from their 21 per­cent shoot­ing on Thurs­day night to just un­der 38 per­cent from the floor on Satur­day. McGill was dom­i­nant re­bound­ing in both con­tests. They grabbed 27 more boards on Thurs­day and were plus 22 on the glass on Satur­day.

Bishop’s (0-6) is back in ac­tion again on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 15 in Mon­treal against the Con­cor­dia Stingers (1-3) at 6 p.m. They will play the back end of a home-and­home dou­ble-header on Satur­day, Jan. 17 at Bishop’s also tip­ping off at 6 p.m.

Stay up-to-date with ev­ery­thing Bishop’s Gaiters at www.gaiters.ca.

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