Photo by Nick Pearce
Source: AUS Communications
HALIFAX, N.S. – The No. 2-seeded Saint Mary’s Huskies are the2014 Subway AUS men’s basketball champions having defeated thefourth-seeded StFX X-Men 81-72 in Sunday’s final in front of 3,668fans at the Halifax Metro Centre.
First-year StFX forward Cameron Walker scored 12 of the X-Men’s15 first quarter points with hard-nosed play in the paint, makingsix of his seven field goal attempts.
Courtesy of Laval University Sports Information
QUEBEC CITY – The McGill Redmen left no doubt about theirintention Sunday afternoon at Université Laval PEPSgymnasium, easily defeating the Bishop’s Gaiter 73-49 in themen’s final of the RSEQ University Basketball ProvincialChampionship and putting their hands on a second banner in arow.
Already up by 15 points after the first quarter, the Redmen werenever troubled in their quest for a seventh title in their history.For a second year in a row, McGill defeats Bishop’s in theRSEQ final. It is also a perfect weekend for McGill University inQuebec City as the Martlets claimed the women’s bannerSaturday evening.
As for the Gaiters, who were looking for a first crown since1999, they could not find the solution to beat the Redmen, who werealso successful in four regular season meetings againstBishop’s this year.
“I thought we shot the ball extremely well today. Wetalked about two things before the game : rebounding and not givingany second opportunities, not turning the ball over so they get aneasy score and we did a pretty good job in these twocategories,” said Dave DeAveiro, McGill’s headcoach.
“I don’t think we executed our game plan really wellin the first half. We also missed a lot of good shots, easy shots,inside, while they shot really well. It was hard for ustoday,” thought Rod Gilpin, Bishop’s bench boss.
The Redmen came out as a team who was hungry for a secondstraight crown. With the game tied 7-7 midway into the firstquarter, McGill’s offense started to hit the target withregularity, especially from outside the three-point line. TheRedmen were five for five from downtown in the first ten minutes,and they were up 24-9 after the first frame.
Bishop’s found its rhythm in the second quarter, netting10 of the first 16 points. The outside shot came back to haunt theGaiters though, with Vincent Dufort adding his fourth three-pointerof the half with 1:19 to play. At the break, McGill had acomfortable 40-23 lead.
McGill kept it going in the third. Bishop’s was successfulin only 30% of their shots, while McGill’s percentage was of54%. The gap widened and seemed insurmountable, with the Redmen up64-32 after 30 minutes.
As it is often the case in this type of game, the Gaiters hadone last gasp in the fourth frame, scoring the first ten points ofthe period. The hill was too steep at this point, and McGillcruised to the win.
With 18 points and four hits on five tries from downtown,Vincent Dufort was selected player of the game for the winners.Onnex Blackwood received the same honour for Bishop’s.
The 2015 edition of the RSEQ University Basketball ProvincialChampionship will be held in the new facilities at Bishop’sUniversity.
MCG: 24-16-24-9: 73
Player of the game: Vincent Dufort
Player of the game: Onnex Blackwood