Friday, 7 January 2011

Rouge et Or hold court at home

Laval 86, Concordia 76  Winning the battle on the glass and shooting a sizzling 7 for 12 from three in the second-half, Laval took sole possession of the first place with a come-from-behind win at home before a jam-packed house of over 2,500 fans at the PEPS tonight.  In a game played in a tremendous atmosphere, 6'4" Jerome Turcotte, who played through a neck injury tonight, returned to the Laval lineup to score 24 points, adding 9 rebounds and fellow 6'3" wing J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux also finished with 24.  Rouge et Or overcame a three point halftime deficit by storming out of the gate in the third to the delight of the racious partisan crowd, outrebounding the Stingers and doing what they do best on their home floor:  make shots.  5'9" Xavier Baribeau also was instrumental in the second half runs, scoring 13 after halftime including several 3's of his own.  Conversely, the Stingers shot only 24% from 3 (6-25) led again by 6'2" Kyle Desmarais who had 21.  6'2" Decee Krah had a nice first half for the Stingers while 6'3" Evens Laroche battled foul trouble all night.  The game was already the third of the season between the 2 rivals who appear destined to finish 1-2 in the QUBL this season.

UQAM 74, Bishop's 56  In a game in which the score is deceiving given that the Gaiters had it to 5 with just over a minute to play before imploding, giving up intentional fouls and fouling at every instance late, the host Citadins kept Bishop's in fifth-place, solidifying their hold on a playoff spot.  UQAM led by 3 at the half.

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