On Friday evening, our Div.1 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs finished the 2018 portion of their season with a much anticipated “meeting of the giants” as they faced Brébeuf on the road. Both teams had just recently held identical 6-0 records, with Brébeuf ranked as high as 3rd nationally. However, a loss by Brébeuf coupled with a win by the Div.1 Cheetahs to go to 7-0 put us in 4th place nationally. Still, Friday night’s game was expected to be the toughest test to our Cheetahs so far this season. That same evening, our Lady Basketball Cheetahs played a road game against Champlain-Lennoxville and emerged with a 76-69 victory. Also on Friday, our Div.2 Men’s Basketball team finished the 2018 portion of their season with a big 94-81 home win over Marie-Victorin, thus improving their season record to 3-5.

To start, read on for the full game report on the two Men’s matches courtesy of Div.1 Men’s Head Coach Andy Hertzog:

“Both of our men’s basketball teams completed the first half of their regular seasons with games tonight.

Our Division 1 team went on the road to take on Brébeuf, in the most highly anticipated game in our league this semester. Coming into the game we were 7-0 and ranked 4th in Canada, while Brébeuf was 6-1 and ranked number 7 nationally (and had been as high as 3rd).

We got off to our customary slow start, trailing 9-2 to start the game. We came back quickly, taking a 15-14 advantage on a Steeve Joseph “and 1”, and took a 24-18 lead after the first quarter. We opened up a 17-point lead in the second quarter, but Brebeuf fought back and narrowed our advantage to 12 points (45-33) at halftime. Brébeuf kept trying to come back in the second half, and several times they got as close as 6 points, but every time they made a run we responded and increased our advantage to double digits. We held on for a 86-79 victory to finish the first semester with an unblemished 8-0 record. We had 4 players score in double figures, led by Josh Koulamallah, who was our leading scorer and rebounder, with 18 points and 11 boards. Steeve Joseph had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Nginyu Ngala had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Karim Mané fouled out, but still managed to put up 13 points. Christopher Biekeu added 6 points and 10 rebounds.

Our Division 1 team next plays in a tournament in Springfield, Massachusetts December 19-21, where we will play 3 games, including games against the number 1 and number 8 ranked prep school teams in the US.

(Webmaster: Hoops on the Rise posted the following highlights video from the game VS Brébeuf.)

Our Division 2 team also closed out the first semester with a victory at home, against Marie-Victorin. We trailed 49-42 at the half, but completely dominated the second half, finally winning 94-81. Our leading scorers were Walter Ernesto Serrano Hercules with 23 points and Silas Owusu-Acheaw with 21.

Finally, we will be having an open gym scrimmage on Monday, December 10th at 6:00 PM. All interested alumni are welcome to come join us.”

-Andy Hertzog

Our Lady Basketball Cheetahs finished the first half of their 2018-2019 season with a big 76-69 win over Champlain-Lennoxville, improving their season record to 2-5. Our top scorer was Andrea Taruc-Montero with 19 points. Other major contributors were Jessica Salanon who scored 18 points and Shiannah George-Mcdonald with 15 points. They will return to league action on January 11th when they play in the first half of a home doubleheader VS Ste-Foy. They play at 6:00 PM and are followed by the Div.1 Men at 8:00 PM.

Before that, the Lady Cheetahs will participate in the Dawson Winter Classic Tournament from January 3-5. Here’s Vanier’s schedule:

Thursday, January 3, 2019
3:00 PM Vanier College VS Humber College

Friday, January 4, 2019
12:30 PM St. Clair College VS Vanier College
9:30 PM Vanier College VS Durham College

Saturday, January 5, 2019
12:30 PM Centennial College VS Vanier College

Pier-Olivier Racine, Joshua Mein, and Haris Elezovic

As announced yesterday, we were very pleased to confirm that three players from our Division 1 Men’s Basketball program each received their bursaries from the FAEQ (Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec).

They all received $1000.00 apiece for this year, for a total of $3000.00 for their three years here at Vanier. Congratulations!

Click here for full details and photos.

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