Saturday, 23 October 2010

Western 72, McGill 67

The 'Stangs held leads as high as 11 points in the fourth quarter but the resilient Redmen fought back, taking advantage of some sketchy Western free throw shooting but Western (3-0 vs. CIS) held on and will face UPEI for the tournament championship on Sunday afternoon.

" We defended well enough to win against a well coached team at home", commented Western Head coach Brad Campbell. "McGill is a disciplined group that runs their stuff well.  We are happy to get the win."

Western's fourth year point guard Ryan Barbeau led the way with 19 points and 5 rebounds while 6'8" newcomer Adam Jespersen added 14 points/7 rebounds and All-Canadian Andrew Wedemire had 10 points and 5 rebounds.

McGill was able to stay in the game on the offensive glass and with another reasonably sound performance from 6'3" freshman Simon Bibeau, who led a very balanced attack with 15 points on 5-13 shooting but only 1-8 from 3.  6'8" Citadel transfer Tristan Tremblay added 10 points while 5'10" sophomore point guard Olivier Bouchard struggled to find his offense going only 1-8 but did have 6 assists.

Western continues to play without 6'6" fourth-year forward Garrett Olexiuk, recovering from a severe knee injury but is expected to be ready within a couple of weeks.  6'5" freshman Peter Scholtes had 9 points and 5 rebounds this afternoon including a big 3 down the stretch after taking ill during Friday's first game, which he had to leave early after scoring 7 points in the first 3 minutes of play.

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