Coach Andy Hertzog’s sent us his report of last weekend’s Buzzer Beater Classic tourney, held in Manalapan, New Jersey, as well as some Basketball Alumni news. We were particularly happy to hear that during this tournament, Andy recorded his 700th win (!) as a coach for various Vanier Cheetahs teams (mainly our Div.1 Men’s team) over the past 31 years. An incredible ironman record, indeed. Congratulations, Coach, what an amazing testament to your dedication to Vanier Basketball!
Here’s Coach Hertzog’s report:
This past weekend our men’s team took part in the Buzzer Beater Classic tournament in New Jersey. We played 3 games, and all were very close contests.
In our first game, we took on the team from The Basketball National Academy in Cleveland. We started off strong, taking a 8-0 lead, but then our opponents rallied to take a 13-11 lead. We came back and led by 5 points at halftime. The second half went back and forth, and the game went to overtime, where we finally prevailed 49-45. Our leading scorers were Josh Koulamallah with 13 points and Karim Mané with 12. Unfortunately, 3 of our players suffered sprained ankles in that game, although all were able to continue playing later in the tournament.
In our second game, we played Severn Elite from Washington, D.C. We led 34-28 at the half and were up by only 3 points with 4 minutes remaining, before extending our lead and winning 63-53.
In our last game, we took on Crown Basketball from New York, which had won a big tournament in Atlantic City the previous weekend. Once again we got off to a strong start, leading 7-0 and 10-2 to begin the game, but we led only 28-26 at halftime. We came out and played great basketball to start the second half, taking a 46-28 advantage. However, our opponents made a furious comeback and actually took the lead with 3 minutes remaining. After that, the game went back and forth. We trailed by 1 point with 20 seconds left, and then unfortunately missed a pair of foul shots, and eventually lost 63-61. Our leading scorers were Josh Koulamallah with 19 points, Nginyu Ngala with 14 and Karim Mané with 12.
Although we squandered a great opportunity, there were many positives, including some offers made to our players by NCAA schools and interest from others. Many of the coaches who saw our team told me that they were impressed not only with our talent and the way our players competed, but also by their comportment on the court. Several of them promised to come to our annual workout for university recruiters on September 15.
By the way, for those who are interested in that sort of thing, our first win in the tournament this past weekend was the 700th by my teams while I have been coaching at Vanier. This really means that I have been coaching there a LONG time (going into my 31st season), and it is a tribute to all the great players and assistant coaches we have had in our program throughout the years. Let me take this opportunity to thank all of you for your great contributions to Vanier basketball during the past 30 years.
In other news, I am pleased to announce that alum Kazadi Nyanguila has joined the coaching staff of our men’s Division 1 basketball team. He has been with us only a couple of weeks so far, but he has already made his presence felt and I am sure he will make invaluable contributions to our team and be of great help to our players.
Alum Seth Amoah and his girlfriend recently had their first child – a daughter named Leyla-Ivy Alexa Amoah-Campos. Both mother and daughter are doing well.
In much sadder news, alum George Patelakis on July 2 suffered a sudden and accidental death in Toronto.
Finally, alum Tevonn Walker, who last year finished his college playing career at Valparaiso University (NCAA Division 1), signed his first professional contract with a club in Europe, joining his Vanier and Valparaiso teammate Max Joseph, who already signed with a club in Sweden. I am pleased to announce that Tevonn has signed for this coming season to play for the Hamburg Towers in Germany.