Gaiters Fall To Lancers In Cis Con­so­la­tion Semi-Fi­nal, Sea­son Comes To A Close

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Toronto

MikeAn­drews fin­ished off his Bishop’s Gaiters ca­reer by scor­ing 29 points but it was not enough as the Bishop’s Gaiters fell to the Wind­sor Lancers 91-80 on Fri­day in the con­so­la­tion semi-fi­nal at the CIS Fi­nal-8 in Toronto. The loss ends the 2014-15 cam­paign for the Gaiters and seven of their grad­u­at­ing play­ers.

In what was a quick turn­around for both teams, the squads came out rolling their benches. All 12 Gaiter play­ers saw the floor in the first quar­ter while 10 from Wind­sor played min­utes. The at­mos­phere in­side of the Mat­tamy Ath­letic Cen­tre was dwarfed in com­par­i­son to the elec­tric crowd from 18 hours ear­lier, although screams sup­port­ing the Gaiters were still heard loud and clear from Gaiter Na­tion.

Where the low en­ergy was most vis­i­ble was the de­fen­sive end of the floor. The Lancers scored north of 20 points in each quar­ter while the Gaiters did so in three of the four frames. Wind­sor led the en­tire way ex­cept for a brief pe­riod early in the first quar­ter.

An­drews (Oakville, Ont.) was a fo­cal point for Bishop’s. He scored his 29 points on 13-for-20 shoot­ing and 3-for-4 from the charity stripe. The 6-foot-10 for­ward added eight re­bounds, one block and one steal in 28 min­utes of court time and was named game MVP.

Jona Ber­millo (Mon­treal) added 12 points in the los­ing cause.

Wind­sor got hot from be­hind the arc con­vert­ing on 13 of 27 triples while they shot 49.3 per­cent over­all. The Gaiters were just 5-for-13 from three-point range but were 50 per­cent from the floor on the day. The Gaiters held an edge on the glass, haul­ing in 41 re­bounds to the Lancers 31.

“I think it was pretty anti-cli­mac­tic for both teams,” said Gaiters head coach Rod Gilpin. “When you get to this time of the sea­son and this level of com­pe­ti­tion it’s tough to play with­out emo­tion and both teams did that to­day. I was happy with our team’s push to get back in the game af­ter fall­ing be­hind in the sec­ond half”

Kyle Des­marais (8 points, 3 as­sists) (Mon­treal), Ma­jid Naji (8 points) (Lunel, France), Matt McLean (5 points, 3 re­bounds, 3 as­sists) (Ot­tawa), Karim Sy-Moris­sette (2 points and 6 as­sists), Pa­trick Kabongo (2 re­bounds) and Jamil Abiad (3 points) (Or­leans, Ont.) rounded out the stat lines for the grad­u­at­ing se­niors.

The loss ends the Bishop’s Gaiters 2014-15 cam­paign, one that saw them earn an RSEQ Cham­pi­onship and re­turn to the CIS Cham­pi­onship for the first time since 1999. The Gaiters may be fin­ished at the 2015 CIS Fi­nal-8 but will re­main the talk of the town for their per­for­mance and their fans in the open­ing round game against the pow­er­house Ot­tawa Gee-Gees.

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