Sunday, 29 August 2010

Maine 87, Laval 80

The Black Bears took the game over using a 20-0 second quarter run, which included a scorching 5 for 5 from downtown during that stretch, to take a big lead into halftime and then held off a late Rouge et Or rally that got the game back to within 4 with under a minute to play as Maine finished off their tour of Canada with a perfect 5-0 record.

Laval led by 2 at 28-26 after a high scoring first quarter but the Bears turned up the "d" and made shots to hold Rouge et Or to only 8 second quarter points to lead by 21 at the break.  Laval shot only 8 for 35 from downtown but was able to stay in the game by attacking the rim and getting to the foul line (24 for 29 from the stripe).  Laval made a game of it late but the comeback was thwarted by a late Maine three-pointer that just beat the shot clock. 

6'4" Jerome Turcotte led Laval with 21 pts/8 rebs in 28 minutes while 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux had 19 pts (including a perfect 10/10 FT) in 26 minutes.  6'5" Etienne Labrecque added 12 pts/9 rebs in 26 minutes.

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