Late game heroics fall short in basketball OT thriller

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QUEBEC CITY — Sophomore Michael Peterkin of Toronto, hit a clutch trey in the dying seconds to force overtime but it was all for naught as the Laval Rouge et Or won a thrilling 73-69 overtime contest over McGill in men’s college hoops at the Centre PEPS, Friday.

Laval sunk 25 of an astonishing 39 attempts from the foul-line, compared to the Redmen, who drained 10 of 12 from the charity stripe. In a game that featured nine lead changes, the teams found themselves deadlocked 16-16 after the opening quarter. The Rouge et Or battled in the second stanza and carved out a 32-27 lead by halftime. McGill came out of the blocks quickly in the third period and regained the lead at 52-46.

The final quarter was all Laval until the Dele Ogundokun drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 60-59 with 2:30 remaining. The teams went without a basket for the next minute and a half until Hugues Ryan of the Rouge et Or made a pair clutch free-throws with 14 seconds remaining to bump the lead back up to three. It was not enough, however, as Peterkin’s magic forced it to OT.

In the five-minute extra session, McGill never led and was outscored 11-7 by Laval.

Team captain Vincent Dufort led the way for McGill recording a “double-double” with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 4-for-10 from the floor, including one trey and a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. The physical education senior from Smiths Falls, Ont., also added four assists. 

Joining Dufort in double figures was Ogundokun and Thomas Lacy.

Ogundokun, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard from Hamilton, Ont., collected 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Lacy, a sharp shooter from Jericho, Vt., came off the bench to knock down four long range bombs for 12 points. 

Senior Rodrigo Imperador, a native of Brazil who played his CEGEP basketball in Quebec City, was also impressive with nine points to go along with seven rebounds and one steal. 

McGill, which has been averaging 19.8 turnovers per game, committed 25 miscues on the night, matching the total by Laval. 

Both teams struggled to shoot with success. McGill connected on 30.5 per cent from the field (25/82), including a 9-for-40 performance from downtown. The Rouge et Or meanwhile, shot 35 from the floor (21/60) and 6-for-22 from three-point range.

Laval had a 6-1 advantage in blocked shots while the Redmen countered with a 48-44 edge in rebounding and an 11-7 margin in steals.  

Alexandre Leclerc, Thibaud Dezutter, Hugues Ryan and Karl Demers-Belanger all reached double figures for Laval, scoring 14, 14, 14 and 11, respectively. 

The Redmen (2-2) are now tied for second place with Laval (2-2) in the RSEQ standings going into the December exam break.  McGill is off until Jan. 2-4, where they travel to Halifax, NS., to participate in the Dalhousie Rod Shoveller Invitational. Laval will also play over the holidays battling Algoma, Nipissing and College de Sainte-Foy, Dec. 28-30.

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