Gaiters basketball teams set to host McGill
SHERBROOKE, QC – The Bishop’s Gaiters basketball teams will host McGill on Wednesday, January 16 in Mitchell Gymnasium. The women will tip-off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. The Gaiters men’s squad moved into the top-10 in Canada this week, they are currently ranked ninth.
The Gaiters women’s team (0-6) will look forward to returning home where they have played some better basketball as of late. They hung in against the UQAM Citadins a week ago before falling behind in the final minutes of the game and eventually losing 66-55. Bishop’s is coming off a tough 75-50 loss in Quebec City last Friday at the hands of the Laval Rouge et Or.
The Martlets (4-2) are coached by former Gaiter Ryan Thorn. Thorne’s Martlets beat the Gaiters 78-46 in November in Montreal. McGill sits in third place in the RSEQ while the Gaiters are in fifth. The Martlets are currently on a three game winning streak dating back to their victory over the Gaiters.
Bishop’s is led by Gabrielle Chamberland (Sherbrooke, Quebec) who is currently fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game.
The Martlets lead the league in points for (67.3 per game) and points against (57.2 per game). They also have the largest scoring margin (+10.2), and are the only team in the RSEQ with a positive rebounding margin (+10.2).
The Bishop’s Gaiters men’s squad (5-1) entered the top-10 for the first time since 1999 this week. They checked in as the ninth ranked team in the country. They will be taking on a McGill team (4-2) that fell out of the polls for the first time all season. The Gaiters are riding a five game winning streak including 68-65 victory in Quebec City last weekend over the Laval Rouge et Or. The Gaiters stunned the Redmen in Montreal in November 84-79 ending McGill’s 11 game winning streak.
Bishop’s as a team not only sits on top of the RSEQ standings, they also have the best scoring defense, allowing just 67.2 points per game. Mike Andrews (Oakville, Ontario) leads the league in scoring (16 points per game) and blocked shots (2.7 per game) and is seventh in rebounding (6.7 per game). Bishop’s fifth year captain Tim Hunter (Baie D’Urfe, Quebec) tops the RSEQ in steals (3.3 per game) and is ninth in assists (2.2 per game). Scott Ring (Ottawa) has also had a big impact for the Gaiters. He is second in the league in assists (3.5 per game), third in steals (2 per game) and three-point field goal percentage (42.9%), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and seventh in free throw percentage (75%).
The Redmen are led by Vincent Dufort (Smith Falls, Ontario). He tops the league in rebounding (9.8 per game), is second in field goal percentage (54.1%), fourth in assists (3.3 per game), fifth in steals (1.7 per game), 10th in scoring (12.5 points per game) and has the best assist/turnover ratio (1.8).
Both the Bishop’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in action on Wednesday night as they host McGill. The women will tip-off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. in Mitchell Gymnasium. The games will be broadcast live on SSN Canada. Get all the latest news and information on the purple and silver at www.gaiters.ca.