Peterkin swooshes sweet 16 as Redmen cagers conquer Concordia, advance to RSEQ championship game

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LENNOXVILLE, Que. — Sophomore Michael Peterkin matched a career-high with 16 points as top-seeded McGill conquered Concordia 74-60 to eliminate the Stingers in a sudden-death men’s basketball semifinal at the RSEQ Final Four championship tournament, Friday, at the Mitchell gymnasium on the campus of Bishop’s University.
 
The Redmen advanced to Saturday’s league championship game against third-seeded Bishop’s, which defeated No.2-Laval 76-65 in Friday’s other semifinal. The RSEQ final will be streamed live from the Mitchell gym at 8 p.m., following the women’s final between McGill and UQAM at 5 p.m.
 
Peterkin, a 6-foot-4, 196-pound small forward from Toronto, had previously scored 16 in two preseason victories over Guelph and Brock last October.
 
A balanced McGill attack included three other players in double figures. RSEQ defensive player of the year Dele Ogundokun scored 14 and both point guards Jenning Leung and Ave Bross had 10. The bench also came up big outscoring the Concordia subs 20-10.
 
“Part of our success all year has been our balance,” said McGill coach Dave DeAveiro. “We don’t have one guy that can put up 20. I thought Ave gave us a big boost off the bench and was a key to us coming out on top.”
 
Mukiya Post was named Game MVP for the losing side with game-high 23 points. He shot 6-for-14 from the field including one trey ball and swished an impressive 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
 
The regular season champs had a strong start. McGill made some big shots and locked down defensively, which allowed them to jump to an early 25-7 lead. Concordia tightened up in the second quarter but still found themselves down big 35-19 at half.
 
“We got off to a great start and that was the difference in the game,” added coach DeAveiro. “We made some shots early and that gave us a ton of confidence.”
 
The stingers made two runs in the second half but each time McGill weathered the storm and had an answer. Post made a layup at the 2:35 mark of the third quarter to cut the Redmen lead to 11 but by the first minute of the final frame that lead was back at 20.
 
Concordia made their final push with less than two minutes remaining as they got the game within 10. McGill was unfazed however, using a couple fast break dunks by Michael Peterkin to put the game to bed. 
 
“We talked about this being a boxing fight,” mentioned the McGill bench boss. “We knew we were going to get two hard punches and they gave us two hard punches. The first one we survived. They got it to 11 but then we got it back to 20 and we knew they had one left in them. When they came at us late we made one adjustment offensively and got some layups and then just held on.”
 
For the third straight year McGill and Bishop’s will face-off in the RSEQ final. The Gaiter’s who are sour from coming out on the wrong end in those meetings will have their home crowd behind them tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the raucous Mitchell gym. 
 
“Our kids are focused and they really want this but it is going to be a madhouse here tomorrow,” noted DeAveiro. “We have to be prepare for that.”
 
McGill could in fact claim both RSEQ banners at stake this weekend for the third year in a row, since the Martlets will also play in the provincial final Saturday at 5 p.m. against the UQAM Citadins.

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