Mcgill Ends Bishop’s Hoop­sters Play­off Hopes

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Head­ing into Satur­day af­ter­noon’s con­test in Mon­treal with the No.8 McGill Red­men the Bishop’s Gaiters men’s bas­ket­ball team knew they had a tall task in front of them if they wanted to qual­ify for the RSEQ Fi­nal4. First task was to win their fi­nal two games then get help. McGill ended all hope the Gaiters had with a con­vinc­ing 76-46 tri­umph.

The Gaiters had staved off elim­i­na­tion the pre­vi­ous two weeks how­ever were un­able to make it three in a row. Bishop’s jumped out to a 17-15 ad­van­tage af­ter the open­ing frame. The host Red­men then found their stride. They put up 20 points and held the guests to just five to grab a 35-22 half­time lead. McGill scored 22 more points in the third and Bishop’s an­swered with 15. Again in the fourth the na­tion’s eighth ranked team held the Gaiters to sin­gle dig­its and rolled to a 76-46 vic­tory.

Bishop’s was led by a pair of rook­ies. Ab­dul Ka­mane of Mon­treal con­tin­ued his tor­rid pace as he net­ted 11 points and grabbed seven re­bounds in 25 min­utes. Kingston’s Dun­can Lambert chipped in with 11 of his own in just 17 min­utes on the court.

The Gaiters strug­gled from the field shoot­ing just 20.3 per­cent in­clud­ing a 1-17 per­for­mance from three-point land. Com­pare that to McGill’s 45.6 per­cent and seven made threes in 17 at­tempts. McGill also out-re­bounded Bishop’s 43-33 and turned the ball over 16 times while the Gaiters had 24 mis­cues.

Three Red­men man­aged dou­ble fig­ures. Dele Ogun­donkun had a game high 21 points while Jen­ning Le­ung scored 15 and Ty­chon Carter-New­man 10.

McGill had al­ready wrapped up top spot in the RSEQ prior to the con­test but im­prove to 11-4 with the vic­tory. Bishop’s drops to 4-11 and will miss the play­offs for the first time since in the 2011-12 sea­son.

One con­test re­mains for Bishop’s who travel to the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal on Thurs­day to face the Laval Rouge et Or (6-9). Tip-off is sched­uled for 8 p.m.

Stay up to date with ev­ery­thing Bishop’s Gaiters at www.gaiters.ca or on so­cial me­dia us­ing @ Bish­op­sGaiters.

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