But Mcgill Marches Past Bishop’s On Hard­wood

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

VanierCol­lege prod­uct Ab­dul Ka­mane ce­mented his sta­tus as one of the top rook­ies in the con­fer­ence. He led the Bishop’s Gaiters men’s bas­ket­ball team in a pair of con­tests against the na­tion’s sev­enth ranked team, the McGill Red­men over the week­end. Un­for­tu­nately for Bishop’s his ef­forts were not enough as they lost both games.

Thurs­day night in Mon­treal, Ka­mane in his home­town, net­ted 15 points and grabbed five re­bounds in 27 min­utes. Fel­low rookie and Saint-Bruno na­tive Nick Har­vey chipped in with 12 points and grabbed seven boards.

Their ef­forts came in a los­ing cause to the Red­men, who snapped a three game los­ing streak with the 79-66 vic­tory. For McGill five play­ers reached dou­ble fig­ures in scor­ing led by for­mer RSEQ rookie of the year and reign­ing con­fer­ence de­fen­sive player of the year Dele Ogun­dokun (Hamil­ton, Ont.) who scored 17. The Gaiters turned the ball over 26 times to the Red­men’s 16. McGill also hauled in 14 of­fen­sive re­bounds re­sult­ing in 18 more shot at­tempts by the hosts. McGill fired at rate of 39.2 per­cent while Bishop’s was able to stay within reach by shoot­ing 46.4 per­cent from the floor.

On Satur­day as Dikembe Mu­tombo and the NBA vis­ited Bishop’s for their crossCanada tour to pro­mote the 2016 all-star game, Ka­mane again scored 15 points. He was joined in dou­ble fig­ures by David Belanger of Sher­brooke and Mon­treal na­tive Jona Ber­millo who scored 17 and 12 points re­spec­tively in the los­ing cause.

Bishop’s seemed poised to send the 548 pa­trons’ home happy with a stun­ning vic­tory. The back and forth af­fair saw Bishop’s grab a 21-18 first quar­ter ad­van­tage be­fore McGill turned things around and took a 32-30 lead into half­time. The third stanza was high scor­ing with Bishop’s grab­bing a two point lead with 10 min­utes re­main­ing. McGill re­fused to lose as the con­fer­ence’s top team outscored the hosts 22-7 in the fi­nal frame to grab a 76-63 win, their third of the sea­son over Bishop’s. The loss leaves Bishop’s with a 2-8 record while McGill im­proves to 7-3 with six games re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Turnovers again proved costly for the Gaiters as they gave the ball away 23 times com­pared to 13 by McGill. The Red­men also out-re­bound Bishop’s 35-26 in­clud­ing a 13-8 ad­van­tage on the of­fen­sive glass.

Next up for the Gaiters are the Con­cor­dia Stingers (6-4). The foes will tip-off in Mon­treal on Thurs­day, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. and re-new hos­til­i­ties in Mitchell Gym on Satur­day, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Bishop’s will need to start chalk­ing up vic­to­ries as well as get some help in or­der to qual­ify for the post-sea­son. For ev­ery­thing on the Bishop’s Gaiters stay tuned to www.gaiters.ca or fol­low

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