Monday, 23 August 2010

Maine prepares for Canada trip starting with Bishop's tomorrow night

The Bangor News reports on Black Bears trip to Canada which allows two Canadians to play at home.  Maine's first game is this coming Wednesday night at Bishop's and Gaiters coach Rod Gilpin has been getting his troops ready to play the veteran-laden Black Bears. 

Bishop's will not have their entire roster Wednesday night as Ryan Steele and Chris East are both still employed with summer jobs and are unavailable.  Also 6’10 freshman Mike Andrews, expected to compete for a starting stop up front, will miss tomorrow's game with an ankle sprain.  Second year post Pat Shier is also busy competing with the Gaiters varsity rugby team and will rejoin Bishop's in November.

Bishop's added another strong recruit to their already-deep class with late addition of 6'0" Sean Monplaisir, originally from Scarborough West Hill, where he graduated in 2007-08 and played for coach Wayne Dawkins.  Gilpin recruited Monplaisir hard two seasons ago however he chose to chase his NCAA dream.  His journey took him to Globe Institute of Technology in Lower Manhatten (New York), NY a U.S. JUCO, where he spent the past two seasons but has now transfered back and is quoted as being very happy to do so.  Gilpin describes Monplaisir as "a strong defender who rebounds well from the point guard position".  Expect him to allow Bishop's to be more aggressive on the perimeter and in the full court defensively and run in transition that much more.

Game time Tuesday night in Lennoxville is 7 PM at the Mitchell Gym.

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