Basketball: Gaiters close out regular season in Montréal
The Bishop’s Gaiters basketball teams will play their sixteenth and final regular season games on Thursday, February 21 when they travel to Montreal to face the Concordia Stingers. The women will aim to play spoiler while the men look to clinch a home playoff date.
The Gaiters women (0-15) will step on the court for the final time this year. They face the Concordia Stingers (10-4) who are in a battle for top spot in the RSEQ. Currently, Concordia sits one game behind the McGill Martlets (11-3).
Bishop’s and Concordia have met three times this season. The closest of the three match-ups took place in Montreal on Saturday, January 18. The Lady Gaiters found themselves on the short end of a 62-54 score. Concordia’s Kaylah Barrett (Brampton, Ontario) sits second in the league in scoring, averaging 15 points per game. Gabrielle Chamberland (Sherbrooke, Quebec) of the Gaiters is sixth in that category, scoring 13.3 points per game.
The Gaiters men (10-5) control their own playoff fate. With a victory over the Stingers (8-6) Bishop’s will lock up second spot in the RSEQ and guarantee a home playoff match-up. They would still have an outside chance at top spot. They would need to win and have McGill (10-4) lose their two final games against Laval (5-10) and at UQAM (3-11). Should the Gaiters come up short on Thursday night they would need the Stingers to lose their final contest on Saturday at Laval to grab second place.
Thursday night’s match-up between the Stingers and Gaiters will be the fourth this year. To date the Gaiters were stunned 77-76 in Mitchell Gymnasium, lost handily 82-68 in Montreal and dismantled the Stingers 84-71 on February 10 in Lennoxville.
Concordia is led by Kyle Demarais (Montreal) who sits second in the RSEQ in scoring averaging 16 points per game. He is also tops in steals (3.1 per game), fourth in assists (3.3 per game) and fourth in minutes played (31 per game).
The Gaiters leader has been their sixth man Mike Andrews (Oakville, Ontario). He has the best field goal percentage (53.7%) and most blocked shots (2.1 per game) in the conference. He is also fourth in scoring (15.4 points per game) and sixth in rebounding (6.6 per game).
The Gaiters and Stingers women will tipoff at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Montreal with the crucial men’s match-up to follow at 8 p.m. Both games will be webcast live on SSN Canada. They can be found at:
The Bishop’s University Polar Bears will be back in action in Lennoxville this weekend for a pair of exhibition games. They will play host to Red Wine, a senior women’s team from Sherbrooke on Friday at 6:20 p.m. in W.B. Scott Arena. The two squads have met on three occasions so far with Bishop’s winning two and dropping the third. On Saturday the puck drops at 7 p.m. as NEA Dynamie Estrie is on campus to face the Polar Bears. The two teams met twice early in the season and Bishop’s came up short in both games.
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