MCGILL ENDS BISHOP’S HOOPSTERS PLAYOFF HOPES
Heading into Saturday afternoon’s contest in Montreal with the No.8 McGill Redmen the Bishop’s Gaiters men’s basketball team knew they had a tall task in front of them if they wanted to qualify for the RSEQ Final-4. First task was to win their final two games then get help. McGill ended all hope the Gaiters had with a convincing 76-46 triumph.
The Gaiters had staved off elimination the previous two weeks however were unable to make it three in a row. Bishop’s jumped out to a 17-15 advantage after the opening frame. The host Redmen then found their stride. They put up 20 points and held the guests to just five to grab a 35-22 halftime lead. McGill scored 22 more points in the third and Bishop’s answered with 15. Again in the fourth the nation’s eighth ranked team held the Gaiters to single digits and rolled to a 76-46 victory.
Bishop’s was led by a pair of rookies. Abdul Kamane of Montreal continued his torrid pace as he netted 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 25 minutes. Kingston’s Duncan Lambert chipped in with 11 of his own in just 17 minutes on the court.
The Gaiters struggled from the field shooting just 20.3 percent including a 1-17 performance from three-point land. Compare that to McGill’s 45.6 percent and seven made threes in 17 attempts. McGill also out-rebounded Bishop’s 43-33 and turned the ball over 16 times while the Gaiters had 24 miscues.
Three Redmen managed double figures. Dele Ogundonkun had a game high 21 points while Jenning Leung scored 15 and Tychon Carter-Newman 10.
McGill had already wrapped up top spot in the RSEQ prior to the contest but improve to 11-4 with the victory. Bishop’s drops to 4-11 and will miss the playoffs for the first time since in the 2011-12 season.
One contest remains for Bishop’s who travel to the provincial capital on Thursday to face the Laval Rouge et Or (6-9). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.
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