CIS men’s basketball Saturday roundup: Ottawa downs Carleton 78-77, takes first Wilson Cup in 21 years

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Concordia 59 Bishop’s 74 Final BoxScore
Demi-finale RSEQ 1

Courtesy of Laval University Sports Information

QUEBEC CITY – Opponents in last year’s RSEQsemi-final, the Bishop’s Gaiters and Concordia Stingers weregoing head to head again this season. The result was the same withthe Gaiters prevailing 74-59 over the Stingers on the second day ofthe RSEQ University Basketball Provincial Championship Saturdayafternoon at Université Laval PEPS gymnasium.


Bishop’s will play in the RSEQ final for the second yearin a row, after being defeated 77-74 against McGill 12 months agoin the championship game. Sunday afternoon, the Gaiters willattempt to grab their first banner since 1999 against the winner ofthe second semi-final between Laval and McGill.

As for the Stingers, who reigned atop the RSEQ league in 2011and 2012, they see their season come to an end againstBishop’s for the second straight year after a 70-63 loss inthe 2013 RSEQ semi-final.

“I’m obviously very happy with the win. Our veteranguys really stepped up and we got some really good contributionfrom our rookies when we needed to. We also did a pretty good jobrebounding the ball, so I’m pretty happy with ourdefensive,” said Bishop’s head coach Rod Gilpin.

“We didn’t execute the way we had to execute.Bishop’s is a really experienced team, their guys have beenplaying together for three or four years. They are big, with a gooddepth so they deserve full credit,” thought Concordia’sbench boss John Dore.

Watch complete post-game comments here.

Both teams offered a great offensive display in the firstquarter. Every shot fired seemed to find the basket, whether it wastaken from the inside or the outside. The last play of the framereflected that fact, when a breakaway layup from Bishop’sOnnex Blackwood tied the game at 18 as time ran out.

On the other side, Stingers’ Jean-Andre Moussignac was akey element to Concordia’s offense, nailing four of his sixtries from downtown and finishing the half with 14 points. After 20minutes of play, the Gaiters were up by two at 36-34.

Both opponents continued the tight play in the second half. TheGaiters were the first to try to get away, forging a seven-pointlead with less than two minutes left in the third quarter.Concordia fought hard to stay in the match and reduced the gap tothree points at 52-49 after three. Everything was still possiblewith 10 minutes to play.

The fourth frame was not as close as the first three.Bishop’s quickly widened the gap with a productive offensewhile Concordia couldn’t follow the same rhythm. The Gaitersdominated the quarter by a score of 22-10, leaving no suspense inthe end, Bishop’s taking the game by 15 points.

On the winners’ side, Jona Bermillo was named player ofthe game with his 14 points, a team-high. The best individualperformance in this duel, the one from Jean-Andre Moussignac with25 points, was highlighted in the Stingers camp.

Laval 69 McGill 82 Final BoxScore
Demi-finale RSEQ 2

Courtesy of Laval University Sports Information

March 1, 2014

QUEBEC CITY – The McGill Redmen took a step closer to asecond consecutive provincial title Saturday afternoon, defeatingthe host team Laval Rouge et Or by a score of 82-69 in the secondsemi-final game of the RSEQ University Basketball ProvincialChampionship at Université Laval PEPS gymnasium.

The men’s final of this 2014 championship will feature thetwo same teams as last year, as McGill will face the Bishop’sGaiters Sunday afternoon at 3 pm in Quebec City for the RSEQ crown.As for Laval, they won’t taste the joys of a Quebec titleyet, their last championship dating back to 2008.

McGill could in fact claim both RSEQ banners at stake thisweekend, since the Martlets will also play in the provincial finalSaturday at 7 pm against the UQAM Citadins.

“It was a very hard fought game. Laval was well prepared;the coaching staff did an amazing job getting the kids ready toplay. I was a little concerned with the way they were shooting theball in the first half. But the defence got better in the secondhalf,” said McGill coach Dave DeAveiro.

“We played a good game. We started strong and it wasexactly our goal, but we lacked a bit of energy at the end. I likedour offense, it’s our defensive problems that made thedifference,” said Laval’s bench boss Jacques PaiementJr.

Watch complete post-game comments here.

The home team had a strong start. Laval kept a high field goalpercentage, which allowed them to jump to an early 12-6 lead. TheRouge et Or had to deal with foul problems though, and had to sittwo of their starting players until late in the second quarter.

The Redmen then started to consistently put points on the board.Down 21-20 after the first frame, Laval used his favourite weaponto bounce back. The host team netted seven of its nine tries fromthe three-point line in the first half, but McGill had an answerfor everything. The Redmen were still up 43-40 at the break.

The third quarter showed great offensive sequences on bothsides. McGill was first to build a priority of five points for afew minutes, before seeing Laval strike back. The Redmen thenregained control, rising the score to 58-50. Despite the good workfrom Laval center Boris Hadzimuratovic, the Rouge et Or had troublecontaining McGill’s attack, who led by six after 30minutes.

Laval had some good chances in the fourth frame, but in the endthey allowed too many turnovers, which made the difference. McGillclaimed the quarter 16-9 and the game, 82-69.

François Bourque was selected player of the game forMcGill with 17 points and eight rebounds. Hugues Ryan received thesame honour on the losing side with his double-double (13 pointsand 13 rebounds).

Windsor 89 McMaster 93 Final – OT BoxScore
OUA bronze

Source: OUA Communications

HAMILTON, Ont. – The McMaster Marauers claimed the OUA bronzemedal with a 93-89 overtime victory at the OUA Wilson Cup Men’sBasketball Final Four Championship hosted by Ryerson University atthe Mattamy Athletic Centre, presented by Recharge with Milk.

Porter Airlines Player of the Game Leon Alexander scored 21points, connecting on seven of 15 from the field and a perfectseven-for-seven on free throws.

“The win today means a lot,” Alexander said. “A lot of guyswere crushed after last night’s loss, which I think was purely offof nerves. Today we showed everyone how we can play, and this stillisn’t us at our best. We’ll show everyone what we’re capable of atnationals.”

Trevon McNeil led McMaster scorers with 23 points, includinghis final of three three-pointers with 8.7 seconds remaining inregulation that pushed the game into an extra frame. AdamPresutti, who posted 13 points in the game, dominated the extraframe eight points, including a pair of three-pointers and two freethrows.

Aaron Redpath rounded out McMaster’s double-digit scorerswith 18 points.

Ottawa’s Rotimi Osuntola Jr. dominated the losing squad’sstatistics, amassing 23 points, including 10 field goals, and 11rebounds. His scoring output was followed by Josh Collins (17points), Lien Phillip (14 points) and Enrico Diloreto (11points).

The two squads fought to a draw in the first frame, standingdeadlocked at 20 point apiece after the first 10 minutes. Windsor opened up a lead in the early minutes of the secondquarter, taking a 30-23 lead with a trio of field goals in quicksuccession by Osuntola. McMaster did not let Windsor open awider gap, fighting back to within two points, but Windsor enteredthe intermission with a seven-point, 43-36 advantage.

Windsor capitalized on free throw opportunities in theopening half, connecting on nine of 14 attempts, while McMaster hadjust two free throws in the opening 20 minutes, sinking one.Windsor turned the ball over 14 times in the first half, againstseven for McMaster.

McMaster chipped away at Windsor’s lead in the third quarter,at one point pulling ahead 56-53, but ended the third quartertrailing 61-60. Windsor maintained a tenuous lead through thefourth quarter, until McNeil sunk a three-pointer with 8.7 secondsremaining to give McMaster an 81-79 lead. Windsor’s JoshCollins then connected on a pair of free throws with seven-tenthsof a second remaining in regulation, forcing the game intoovertime.

With the win, McMaster earns a berth in the CIS men’sbasketball championship tournament, at Carleton next weekend.

Ottawa and Carleton face off in the Wilson Cup final at 6p.m. tonight at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, to be telecast live onSportsnet ONE.

StFX 93 Acadia 89 Final BoxScore
AUS semi-final 1

Source: AUS Communications

HALIFAX, N.S. – The StFX X-Men downed the No. 1-seeded AcadiaAxemen 93-89 Saturday night at the Halifax Metro Centre in front of4,884 fans to earn their spot in the Subway AUS men’s basketballchampionship final Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Acadia Axemen jumped out to an early lead in the firstquarter with Owen Klassen’s strong play down low and AnthonyAshe knocking down a of couple quick threes.

The X-Men were struggling to find open looks on the court andAcadia was giving them nothing on the offensive boards.

At the end of the first quarter Acadia had secured a solid14-point lead, 28-14.

StFX was able to shake off the dust in the second quarter,keeping even with the Axemen despite their struggles on theoffensive glass.

Julius Antoine, Friday night’s Subway Player of the Game,continued his strong play in the tournament, scoring all 12 of hispoints in the second quarter.

At the end of the first half, Acadia led the X-Men by a score of52-37 and led in total rebounds 20-10 (10-2 offensive).

Klassen and Kyle Arsenault were high scorers at the half forAcadia with 16 apiece, while Antoine’s 12 and Will Donkoh’s 11 ledthe way for StFX at the break.

StFX turned their game around in the second half with a muchhigher level of intensity. Playing a much more physical style ofdefence, the X-Men forced Acadia into 13 second-half turnovers.

Subway Player of the Game Jameel Williamson and his fellow X-Menfound their range from downtown in the third with Williamsonburying three of his five attempts in the quarter.

With their hot shooting and a stronger effort boxing out theAxemen bigs, StFX was able to claw their way back from a 15-pointhalftime deficit and take the lead at the end of the third quarter,66-65.

Both teams traded buckets at the beginning of the fourth quarterwith StFX rookie Kevin Bercy and Acadia veteran Anthony Sears goingback and forth.

Donkoh helped StFX to a seven-point lead early in the finalframe with a quick run that Klassen put an end to with a two-handedjam plus the foul.

Both teams battled hard in the last five minutes with the scoredifferential never reaching more than five points, but Acadiawouldn’t get any closer than within one as StFX won their secondstraight nail-biter this weekend by a score of 93-89.

Veteran X-Men guard Donkoh posted 31 points on 13-of-17 shootingfrom the floor, including 3-of-4 on threes. Williamson contributed19 points, 17 in the second half, and 12 assists in the win.

AUS MVP and defensive player of the year Klassen scored agame-high 36 points, pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and dishedout five assists in the loss.

The fourth-seeded X-Men will now face off against thesecond-seeded Saint Mary’s Huskies on championship Sunday forthe AUS banner and a berth in next weekend’s CIS Final 8 men’sbasketball championship being hosted by Carleton University March7-9 in Ottawa, Ont.

The Huskies earned their spot in the final after topping theUPEI Panthers 94-78 in Saturday night’s second semifinalmatchup.

Saskatchewan 79 UFV 70 Final BoxScore
Canada West bronze

Source: Matt Gutsch, Alberta Communications

EDMONTON – Stephon Lamar scored a game high 26 points as thefourth seeded University of Saskatchewan Huskies captured theCanada West Final Four bronze medal with a 79-70 victory over theFraser Valley Cascades, Saturday afternoon at the Saville CommunitySports Centre in Edmonton.

As the No.10 ranked team in CIS, and now as the Canada Westbronze medalists, the Huskies have a long-shot at earning thewildcard berth to the CIS Final 8 championship, which begins nextweek in Ottawa. Fraser Valley, meanwhile, sees their seasonofficially come to a close.

On Saturday, although the Cascades got a double-double (20points and 10 rebounds) from Kevon Parchmen, as well as 19 pointsand nine rebounds from Jasper Moedt, they could not contain Lamardown the stretch and they struggled mightily to shoot thethree-point ball until it was too late.

But, it was UFV that looked like they wanted the conferencebronze more in the early going. After an 18-18 opening quarter, theCascades forced Saskatchewan into a number of turnovers, andcapitalized, to earn a 35-33 half-time lead. Moedt scored 12 pointsin the opening half, six in each quarter, while UFV committed justtwo turnovers, but received nine from Saskatchewan.

They were not able to sustain their lead in the second-halfhowever, and as the game wore on, their inability to hit thelong-ball prevented them from climbing out a hole.

Lamar, named a Canada West first team all-star earlier in theweek, scored 14 points in the second half, including a pair oftreys in the fourth quarter that absolutely sunk the Cascades.

By game’s end, Saskatchewan had drained 10 three-pointers,half of which came out of the hands of Lamar, while UFV connectedon just six total. The Huskies were decidedly better at thefree-throw line as well, sinking 79% of their shots, compared to57% by the UFV shooters.

The Canada West Final Four gold medal game, between the No.1seeded Alberta Golden Bears and No.2 seeded Victoria Vikes,tips-off at 7:00 p.m. MT in Edmonton. Both teams in the conferencechampionship game are already assured a berth to the CIS Final 8tournament, but the Canada West winner will receive a higher seedat the national championship.

Ottawa 78 Carleton 77 Final BoxScore
OUA final

Source: OUA Communications

TORONTO – A two-pointer by Johnny Berhanemeskel with five-tenthsof a second remaining gave the Ottawa Gee-Gees their second WilsonCup title in school history, upsetting the defending-championCarleton Ravens in a thrilling come-from-behind 78-77 victory atthe OUA Men’s Basketball Final Four Championship hosted by RyersonUniversity at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, presented by Rechargewith Milk.

Berhanemeskel’s game-winner capped a 30-point performance for thefourth-year guard from Ottawa, which earned him the KitchMacPherson Trophy as the outstanding player in the Wilson Cup game.His tally included connecting on 13 of 28 attempts from the field,two from beyond the arc.

The Gee-Gees had trailed by 10 points with just over three minutesremaining in regulation, but a run of 11 unanswered Ottawa pointsobliterated the Carleton lead.

Terry Thomas ranked second among Gee-Gee scorers, tallying 17points, including a trio of three-pointers, and a team-high ninerebounds. Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue added 12 points to the scoresheet.

For the Ravens, Tyson Hinz posted 25 points and 10 rebounds,followed by Thomas Scrubb with 21 points and Philip Scrubb with 13points.

Ottawa’s only previous Wilson Cup title came 21 years ago, whenthey defeated the Western Mustangs 88-48 on March 13, 1993.

The loss snapped Carleton’s 49-game winning streak against CISopponents in regular season and playoff competition, and a two-yearreign as Wilson Cup champions. The Ravens’ last loss against aCanadian school came on November 9, 2012.

Ottawa fought Carleton equally in the early going, holding a leadof 24-22 after the first quarter. Carleton steadily began to buildits lead in the second frame, pulling ahead 40-35 by halftime.

The Gee-Gees entered the final quarter on the short end of a 62-56score, and Carleton’s offence had Ottawa pinned 75-65 with 3:05remaining on the cock. A basket by Berhanemeskel ignited an11-point Ottawa rally, with him contributing seven points andGonthier-Dubue the remaining two. Gonthier-Dubue sunk a two-pointerwith 22 seconds left to give Ottawa a 76-75 lead. Carletonregained the upper hand with 6.8 second remaining on a field goalby Tyson Hinz, setting the stage for Berhanemeskel’sgame-winner.

Carleton and Ottawa both earn berths in the CIS men’s basketballchampionship tournament, at Carleton next weekend, along with theMcMaster Marauders, who earlier today took the OUA bronze medalwith a 93-89 overtime win over the Windsor Lancers.

UPEI 78 SaintMary’s 94 Final BoxScore
AUS semi-final 2
Victoria 77 Alberta 82 Final BoxScore
Canada West final

Source: Matt Gutsch, Alberta Communications

EDMONTON – For the 11th time in team history, and the secondtime in the past three seasons, the University of Alberta GoldenBears are champions of Canada West basketball, following an 82-77victory over the Victoria Vikes on Saturday night in the closinggame of the conference Final Four tournament at the SavilleCommunity Sports Centre in Edmonton.

The Golden Bears were led by Jordan Baker’s double-double(14 points and 11 rebounds), as well as 14 points from fifth-yearforward Todd Bergen-Henengouwen. Canada West rookie of the yearMamadou Gueye added 11 points in the win, as well as sevenrebounds, while fourth-year guard and Canada West second teamall-star Kenny Otieno chipped in with 11 points.

Victoria got a massive game from Canada West second teamall-star Chris McLaughlin, as the 6’10” fourth-yearcentre put back a game high 25 points as well as 12 rebounds forhis second double-double at the Final Four. Marcus Tibbs scored 21points in the loss, including 12 off three-pointers, while TerrellEvans added 13 points, before fouling out late in the fourth, andMack Roth came off the bench to score 10.

Alberta now advances to the CIS Final 8 tournament as the topseed from Canada West, while the Victoria Vikes will be the secondseed from the west. The two programs are the most decorated inCanada West history, with the Vikes having won a record 14conference banners in their history, while the Bears now have thesecond most in Canada West at 11.

On Saturday the Bears limped out of the gate against the Vikes,and stumbled across the finish line, but were at their peak in themiddle two quarters, which was enough for them to collect theCanada West hardware after the final buzzer.

Although they were outscored by a combined 47-31 in the firstand fourth quarters, the Golden Bears were simply electric inquarters two and three, as they outscored Victoria 51-30 in 20minutes to win the game. The home side was white hot in the third,hitting an incredible 86% of their shots, and before that, theyoutscored the Vikes 22-6 in the second quarter, all of which addedup to a deficit too great for Victoria to overcome in thefourth.

Tibbs, a third-yeard point guard from Seattle, got the Vikes offto a strong start by scoring nine points to lead the visitors to a16-14 lead after one quarter of play.

The second, however, was all evergreen and gold. Three-pointersfrom Otieno and Youssef Ouahrig, Alberta’s first treys of theevening, got things started, and then Baker, who was named CanadaWest player of the year earlier in the week, added four points, asdid Sarh Saffa, and Alberta was able to not only come back, butalso build up a significant lead, 36-22, at half-time.

That lead increased to 22 points in the third quarter, as everyAlberta shot seemed to find mesh.

With a healthy lead of 65-46 heading into the fourth, it seemedfait accompli that the Golden Bears would be celebrating with theStan Broder trophy on Saturday night, but the Vikes quickly tooksome of the air out of those sails by scoring 31 points in thefourth quarter, and drawing to within five points on two occasions,to bring the game down to the wire.

All that kept Alberta from gassing the win was clutchfree-throws by Joel Friesen, Bergen-Henengouwen and Baker late inthe fourth, and a tough defence that simply would not allow theVikes the points they needed.

With the 82-77 win, the Golden Bears head to Ottawa and the CISFinal 8 championship tournament where they will contest for theW.P. McGee trophy against the Carleton Ravens, the Ottawa Gee-Gees,the Victoria Vikes, the McMaster Marauders, as well as thechampions from RSEQ and AUS, and a wild card team. The CIStournament begins March 7.

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