Friday, 25 January 2008

QSSF Results: Concordia, Laval record wins

Concordia (11-5, 5-3) 77, Bishop's (6-11, 2-7) 64 Before another standing-room-only crowd in Lennoxville, 6'1" Damian Buckley again showed that he is probably the best all round guard in the "Q" with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists plus a solid defensive effort on Gaiters star guard 6'1" Junior Nicolas as the Stingers kept pace with Laval. Concordia had leads as large as 12 in the first half but 6'5" Doug McCooeye (17 points, 13 in the first half) helped bring Bishop's back to within 2. The Stingers then slowly pulled away in the third quarter as 5'9" Levi Vann had 5 3's as part of his 22 points while 6'3" Andre Johnny added 11 points and came up with 7 steals. Nicolas finished with 11 points on 4-12 shooting, 8 rebounds and 4 assists before fouling out. The Stingers travel back to Montreal to face UQAM at UQAM tomorrow night.

Laval (14-8, 8-2) 78, UQAM (4-9, 3-6) 71 Le Rouge et Or overcame foul trouble to star 6'7" forward J.P. Morin and a strong effort on the "o" boards by the athletic Citadins to record their 8th consecutive QSSF league victory, a road win in Montreal. Laval, sparked by 9 first-half assists from igniting point guard 5'9" Xavier Baribeau (11 assists overall), blasted out to a 57-34 halftime lead and the route appeared to be on. But Morin quickly picked up his third and fourth fouls early in the third quarter and 6'2" Sam Johnson started to heat up, allowing Citadins to outscore Laval 27-10 to make it a game. But Morin (19 points, 7 assists) and 6'4" Jerome Turcotte (18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists including 3 of 5 from downtown) made sure that Laval maintained their lead. 6'4" forward Mario Joseph was held to 5 points on 1-7 shooting for UQAM while 6'5" veteran Kevin Boucher had 14 points/7 rebounds while 6'3" athlete Joseph Atangana had 12 rebounds including 6 on the offensive glass, part of the 18 offensive boards total by the Citadins. 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu-Maheux missed tonight's game with a groin injury for Laval, which gutted out a big road win in advance of their meeting tomorrow at home against McGill.

QSSF Standings
Laval 8-2
Concordia 5-3
McGill 4-4
UQAM 3-6
Bishop's 2-7

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