Heart­breaker For Gaiters; Home-And-Home Split With Laval

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Aheart­break­ingfin­ish on Satur­day night for the Bishop’s Gaiters men’s bas­ket­ball team left them with a split in a home-and-home se­ries with the Laval Rouge et Or. Fri­day night in Que­bec City, Bishop’s rolled to a 72-57 vic­tory be­fore pac­ing them­selves to a 54-41 lead with 5:37 re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter on Satur­day in the New Gym at Bishop’s Univer­sity. Laval fin­ished the game on a 16-1 run and stole the 57-55 win to split the home-and-home se­ries and keep pace with Bishop’s in the RSEQ Univer­sity stand­ings.

Fifth-year se­nior Matt McLean (Ot­tawa) led the way for Bishop’s in the provin­cial cap­i­tal on Fri­day night. He played 39 of the 40 min­utes scor­ing 15 points on 6-for-12 shoot­ing and added seven re­bounds, three as­sists and a steal. Kyle Des­marais (Mon­treal) and Karim Sy-Moris­sette (Mon­treal) scored 13 points each while Jona Ber­millo (Mon­treal) chipped in with 12 points that in­cluded a 4-for-5 per­for­mance from three-point land. The win broke a dead­lock for sec­ond place in the RSEQ stand­ings giv­ing Bishop’s the up­per hand head­ing into back end of the home-and-home se­ries.

In front of the largest crowd of the three games in the New Gym­na­sium at Bishop’s Univer­sity the Gaiters and Rouge et Or went shot for shot early on. The hosts held a 16-14 ad­van­tage after the first frame, while Laval an­swered and grabbed a 29-27 lead at the half­time break. The third quar­ter Bishop’s started to find a groove; they outscored Laval 20-12 in the

stanza and led 47-41. They ex­tended their lead to 13 points in a fran­tic start to the fourth that cu­mu­lated with a McLean steal and lay-in with 5:37 re­main­ing. Un­for­tu­nately for Bishop’s that was the last field goal they scored. Laval ended their 16-1 run in the sec­ond half of the quar­ter when Hughes Ryan (Mon­treal) nailed a three-pointer with nine seconds re­main­ing to give Laval a 57-55 ad­van­tage. Bishop’s was un­able to get a good look as time ex­pired and Laval grabbed the vic­tory.

The split leaves Bishop’s and Laval tied in sec­ond place in the RSEQ stand­ings with match­ing 5-5 records. They are chas­ing the McGill Red­men (6-2) who had their bye this week­end. Con­cor­dia (4-4) sits in fourth and UQAM (2-6) is in fifth.

Ul­ti­mately the RSEQ schools will look to earn a ticket to the RSEQ Fi­nal-4 that is set to take place on the Bishop’s Univer­sity Cam­pus in the newly ren­o­vated Mitchell Gym from March 5-7.

The Gaiters en­ter their bye week and are next set to play on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 6 when they host UQAM. The game is set for 8 p.m. in Mitchell Gym and is part of the grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tions of the sports cen­tre.

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