Sunday, 4 October 2009

Gaels edge Laval in overtime

Queen's improved to 2-0 vs. CIS teams after defeating Laval in overtime. Below is the game report from the Queen's web site plus the game box score Amazingingly, the teams combined for 78 three-point attempts (out of 139 overall attempts) - more than 50% of the shots taken were threes in this shootout. Laval again was without 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux who missed the game due to injury; regardless, Queen's showed this weekend that coaches Smart and Cowan will have this group ready to compete and with 6'6" Mitch Leger plus veterans 6'2" Baris Ondul and 6'2" Ryan Hairsine, there is battle-tested experience - the OUA East will again be strong at the top of the conference... In another game last night, defending national champions Carleton Ravens made 20 three-pointers while slamming Peterborough's Sir Sanford Fleming College, coached by former Ryerson Ram Bill Crowdis, 130-78. Fleming's guards gave the Ravens difficulty for much of the evening as Carleton gave up about 10 more points than normal in last night's game at the Raven's Nest. Carleton played without 5'11" starting fourth-year guard Mike Kenny who has been slowed by injury all pre-season... The work-in-progress that is the early-season version of the Concordia Stingers has been challenged with injuries to three rotation players including 5'11" third-year guard Decee Krah (knee), 6'3" William and Mary (NCAA D1) transfer Vali Lazarescu and 6'4" freshman Sasha Louis from John Abbott CEGEP. No word on when any of the three will be ready for action as the Stingers prepare to host their annual NIKE Invitational in Montreal this coming weekend (Thanksgiving weekend).

Bannister, Hairsine clutch in Gaels overtime win

KINGSTON, Ont. (October 3, 2009) – The Queen’s Gaels were on the right side of a close two-point overtime contest against Laval in men’s exhibition university basketball on Saturday. Queen’s received clutch three-point shooting from guards Dan Bannister (Newmarket, Ont.) and Ryan Hairsine (St. Mary’s, Ont.) in an 89-87 win.

Queen’s was 35.6% from behind the arch shooting 16 for 45 in the close contest. Harisine was 5-13 on three pointers on route to a game high 23 points. Bannister was seven for eight from the field including five three points for a total of 21 points and a team high seven rebounds.

Perennial OUA All-Star Mitch Leger of Kingston, Ont., was limited by foul trouble, but was a major factor in the overtime frame to finish with 19 points. The Gaels also got solid production off the bench from Jordan Kirchburger (Orleans, Ont.) who made his size felt with six rebounds and three blocked shots.

The first half was kept close, with the teams swapping leads, ending the half tied at 32-32. The second half was no different as foul trouble began to plague both teams. With the Gaels leading by three, Laval guard Christian Deslaurier-Trottier (Gatineau, QC.) hit a three with 17 seconds to go, to seal an overtime period.

Overtime provided more excitement as the Gaels held a two point lead with 27 seconds to go. Laval missed two three-pointers in the final 15 seconds, before turning the ball over with less than a second to play, securing a Gaels victory.

Five Laval players scored in double figures, led by Deslaurier-Trottier, while Étienne Labrecque (Jonquière, QC) finished with a game-high eight rebounds.

The Gaels remain undefeated in the preseason, and continue play October 23rd against the University of Quebec at Montreal and October 24th against the University of New Brunswick. Both games start at 8:00pm in Bartlett Gym on Queen’s Campus.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know, I really would have liked to have seen that Carleton game Saturday, rather than waste my time at Local Heroes watching yet another brutal Sens game.
Unfortunately, I only learned about the game after you posted the result here. I then checked the Raven site and while there was a write up on the game, nothing was mentioned about it beforehand.
The same thing happened last year when Carleton played SLC.
While it wasn't much of contest, it would have been fun witnessing those 29 3 pt shots.
It isn't surprising Carleton gave up 78 points in a game like this.
It's hard to maintain defensive intensity when you're basically scoring at will.