Naji Named Provigo Ath­lete Of The Week

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Lennoxville, Sher­brooke

TheBishop’s Uni­ver­sity Depart­ment of Ath­let­ics and Recre­ation is pleased to an­nounce that Ma­jid Naji of the men’s bas­ket­ball team has been named for the fourth time this year the Provigo Robert Lafond Ath­lete of the Week.

Naji from Lunel, France helped the Gaiters over­take the McGill Red­men 68-63 to cap­ture the 2015 RSEQ Cham­pi­onship, Satur­day night in Lennoxville, Que. He scored 18 points on 7-for-9 shoot­ing and had eight re­bounds in 28 min­utes. The 6-foot-11, 240 lb for­ward also put up 18 points in the Gaiters 76-65 Semi-fi­nal win over Laval. He added nine re­bounds, two as­sists, two blocks and one steal in 31 min­utes to his stat line. The Fifth year eco­nomics stu­dent was Bishop’s player of the game on Fri­day night. In the RSEQ stand­ings Naji fin­ished sec­ond with 7.9 re­bounds.

The Gaiters are off to the CIS Fi­nal-8 Cham­pi­onship. They will play Mar. 12 at 8 p.m. against Ottawa. The game will be we­b­casted at

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The Red­men cut the Gaiters ad­van­tage to 55-45 af­ter the third stanza. The mo­men­tum stayed with the two-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons as they were able to tie the con­test at 60 with 2:46 re­main­ing. Jona Ber­millo’s (Mon­treal) three pointer with 2:33 left, had the crowd cheer­ing like it was 1999. It was the shot that put the Gaiters in the lead for good. Af­ter a de­fen­sive re­bound by Naji he was fouled and sent to the char­ity stripe. His two suc­cess­ful free-throw at­tempts with just fewer than two sec­onds re­main­ing had the all Gaiter fans cheer­ing 16 years’ worth of ec­stasy. The fi­nal buzzer sounded with the Gaiters on top 68-63.

“I think the crowd might have made the dif­fer­ence tonight,” said Gilpin. “We played re­ally well to push the lead to 20 but McGill fought back and made some tough shots. Down the stretch our fans helped carry us over the top. Jona was great and he was great when we needed him.”

The victory punched the Gaiters ticket to the 2015 CIS Cham­pi­onship set for March 12-15 at the Mat­tamy Ath­letic Cen­tre in Toronto hosted by Ry­er­son part of Sport­snet’s Su­per CIS Cham­pi­onship Week­end. The Gaiters will learn their seed­ing and first round op­po­nent on Sun­day, March 9 at 3 p.m.


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