Gaiters Stum­ble Out Of The Gate

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Veter­anJonathan Ber­millo scored 25 points to lead the Bishop’s Gaiters in their sea­son open­ing game at UQAM on Thurs­day but it wasn’t enough as Bishop’s come­back came up short and left the Ci­tadins with a 79-75 vic­tory to open the sea­son. The 2015-16 RSEQ Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball sea­son con­tin­ued on Satur­day for the Gaiters as they hosted No. 3 McGill. The Red­men spoiled the Gaiters home opener by a fi­nal of 94-68.

Ber­millo (Mon­treal) is with­out a doubt a leader on the Gaiters. He is one of just three re­turn­ing play­ers from their 2015 RSEQ Cham­pi­onship team. He and fel­low team cap­tain David Be­langer (Sher­brooke) tried to take the Bishop’s on their back in Thurs­day’s sea­son opener but the Gaiters had dug them­selves too big of a hole and their come­back came up short. Ber­millo led all scor­ers with 25 points on 9-18 shoot­ing in 33 min­utes. Be­langer chipped in with 18 points of his own and seven re­bounds. Rookie Ab­dul Ka­mane (Mon­treal) rounded out pur­ple scor­ers in dou­ble fig­ures; he had 17 points and played a team-high 37 min­utes.

Satur­day it was third-year trans­fer Peter Weston (Que­bec City) who shone brightly in his first taste of RSEQ bas­ket­ball in Mitchell Gym. He took charge with 19 points in­clud­ing an 8-10 per­for­mance from the char­ity stripe. Ber­millo and Ka­mane each added 12 points and Be­langer 10 in the los­ing cause for the Gaiters who at times went shot for shot with the na­tion’s third-ranked team, the Red­men. Un­for­tu­nately for Bishop’s and the 447 faith­ful who turned up for their home opener they were not able to sus­tain the pres­sure for a full 40 min­utes and the vet­eran Red­men pulled away and even­tu­ally won 94-68.

Next up for the Gaiters is a tilt with the Laval Rouge et Or on Satur­day, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The con­test is the last in Mitchell Gym for the 2015 cal­en­dar year. Tick­ets are avail­able at www.gaiters.ca/tick­ets or gameday at the door.

Fol­low the Gaiters any­time at www.gaiters.ca or on so­cial me­dia us­ing @Bish­op­sGaiters.

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