Gaiters look to re­cap­ture magic in RSEQ Semi­fi­nal show­down at Mcgill

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS -

It is no se­cret that when the Bishop's Gaiters step onto the basketball court on Wed­nes­day night in Mon­treal, they will be the un­der­dogs; and that is ok. Their task is to up­set the two-time de­fend­ing con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons and No.5 Mcgill Red­men on their home court in an RSEQ semi­fi­nal. Wed­nes­day's tip is set for 8 p.m.

Mcgill (19-4, 14-2 RSEQ) has lost just twice in RSEQ ac­tion this year and sit as the top seed in the RSEQ. One of those losses came at the hands of the Gaiters on Jan. 26. Bishop's (5-21, 5-11 RSEQ) is the fourth seed.

Coach's Cor­ner

"It is great to be play­ing a mean­ing­ful game at this time of year," said Gaiters' head coach Rod Gilpin. "It will be a good ex­pe­ri­ence for our guys. Mcgill is very good; they have won the league the last cou­ple of years. They have eight se­niors so it is go­ing to be a chal­lenge. With that in mind, there is no pres­sure on us. We have to go out and play hard and let the chips fall where they may."

Year to Date

Mcgill has three con­vinc­ing wins against Bishop's this year, 100-78 on Nov. 25, 108-57 on Jan. 26 and 93-71 on Feb. 17, while Bishop's stunned the Red­men 86-81 on Jan. 26.

Who to watch Bishop's

For Bishop's their leader at the of­fen­sive end has been with­out a doubt Ab­dul Ka­mane (Mon­treal, Que./vanier Col­lege). He led the RSEQ in scor­ing at 21.5 points per game, 6.6 per game more than his near­est com­peti­tor. It was good enough to place him ninth in all of U SPORTS. He also grabbed 6.1 re­bounds per game (7th in RSEQ), and had 2.6 as­sists per game (6th in RSEQ). Ka­mane also got to the free throw line more than any­one did in the con­fer­ence; he went 106-153. In 13 of 16 games, he was the Gaiters lead­ing scorer.

David Be­langer (Sher­brooke, Que./cham­plain-st. Lam­bert) is in his fi­nal year and is the lone Gaiter with play­off ex­pe­ri­ence. His 8.0 re­bounds per game was sec­ond in the RSEQ, while his 10.9 points per game placed him 10th in the con­fer­ence.

Kevin Davis (Bal­ti­more, Md./dig­i­tal Har­bor H.S.) has started to round into form for the Gaiters. His 17 points against Con­cor­dia to close out the sea­son earned him Provigo, Robert La­fond, Bishop's Univer­sity Ath­lete of the Week hon­ours.

Mcgill

Dele Ogun­dokun con­tin­ues to be a force around the RSEQ. The reign­ing RSEQ MVP and three-time all-star is fourth in the con­fer­ence in scor­ing at 12.9 points per game, sixth in re­bound­ing at 6.3 per game, sec­ond in steals at 2.4 per game and eighth in as­sists at 2.5 per game.

Alex Paquin joined the Red­men af­ter play­ing at Amer­i­can Univer­sity. He leads the Red­men in scor­ing at 14.9 points per game, which is good for sec­ond in the con­fer­ence. He is also third in as­sists (3.1 per game) and is the top three-point shooter at 43.4 per­cent (33-76). He has had games of 29, 24, six and 28 points against the Gaiters this year.

The al­ways dan­ger­ous Jen­ning Leung has also played Bishop's tough. The se­nior sits sev­enth in the RSEQ in scor­ing at 11.4 points per game and has games of 21, 18 and 12 points against Bishop's.

Play­off Notes

Bishop's beat Mcgill in their pre­vi­ous play­off match-up, a 68-63 vic­tory in the 2015 RSEQ Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal…it was also the Gaiters last play­off game… Since 1988-89 Bishop's is 4-7 against Mcgill in the play­offs, in­clud­ing 1-4 in Mon­treal…bishop's has not beaten Mcgill in Love Com­pe­ti­tion Hall since Nov. 8, 2014, a 60-59 win to open the sea­son that year.

Next Up

With the sea­son on the line, the Gaiters play Mcgill on Wed­nes­day night at 8 p.m. A win and Bishop's ad­vances to the RSEQ Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day ei­ther at Con­cor­dia or Laval, a loss and the Gaiters 2017-18 cam­paign ends.

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