MONTREAL — Francois Bourque of Terrebonne, Que., and Dianna Ros of Montreal were named as the most valuable players of the McGill Redmen and Martlets, respectively, at the annual Friends of McGill Basketball awards gala, held Saturday, at the Evo Montreal, a new student residence near McGill University’s downtown campus.
Among other awards dished out by Redmen head coach David DeAveiro and Martlets bench boss Ryan Thorne, was the respective most outstanding defensive player honours to Dele Ogundokun of Hamilton, Ont., and Mariam Sylla of Conakry, Guinea. Rookie-of-the-year awards were presented to Noah Daoust of Dorval, Que., and Marika Guerin of Sorel-Tracy, Que. The most improved player honours were bestowed upon Jenning Leung, a native of Laguna, in the Philippines and to Gabriela Hebert of Chicoutimi, Que.
The Gerardo Rojas Him Memorial Award, presented to a member of the Martlets who displays courage, dedication and commitment to the program through adversity, went toMarie-Pier Bastrash, a 5-foot-8 guard from Trois-Rivieres, Que. The third-year medical student had to juggle an extremely challenging academic schedule and was not expected back this season. She missed the game, somehow found a way to return to the team in January and played a key role off the bench to help McGill win the Quebec championship and finish second at Nationals.
Finally, the Martlet Award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the characteristics and qualities of being a member of the Martlets, went to Carissa Tapia, a 5-foot-3 sophomore point-guard from Montreal.
Bourque, a 6-foot-5, 192-pound power forward, made the CIS All-Canadian second team. The league’s rookie of the year in 2014, he was voted as the RSEQ player of the year this season. He led the conference in offensive, defensive and total rebounds per game with averages of 3.1, 5.8 and 8.9, respectively. The 22-year-old economics major was tops in the league with five “double-doubles”. He ranked 11th among league scoring leaders in points per game (10.4), was seventh in field-goal shooting (.414) and ninth in blocked shots (0.6).
Ros, a 5-foot-7 point-guard, led the conference in assists with 66 in 16 games and had the best assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.4. The 23-year-old physical therapy senior was ninth among league leaders in three-pointers made with 13, connecting on 23.6 per cent of her attempts. She averaged 7.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game and ranked second on the team in free-throw shooting with a lofty .808 success rate.
Emotional tributes were paid to the graduating seniors, including the aforementioned Marie-Pier Bastrash, Carolann Cloutier of St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Que., and Tiye Traore of Sudbury, Ont., on the women’s side in addition to Redmen seniors Ave Bross of Toronto and Rodrigo Imperador, a native of Bauru, Brazil.
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