Report by Head Coach Andy Hertzog:
Our men’s Division 1 team played its first tournament of the Summer – the Crossover Challenge on the South Shore. There were 5 teams from our league, some Division 2 teams and some teams which have been put together for the Summer. We were able to win the tournament this year, and our team photo with the championship banner is seen below.
We started off the tournament Friday night on a disappointing note, as our opponents did not show up. So, we just had a spirited intrasquad scrimmage.
Saturday we played Cegep de Sherbrooke, a D2 team, and it was never a contest. We started off the game on a 19-0 run and never looked back, eventually winning 103-35. Our leading scorers were Karim Mané with 22 points, Pier-Olivier Racine with 18 and Richard Kwakwah with 12.
Sunday morning we took on Team Bibi in the semifinal. They are an athletic team mostly composed of players from Edouard-Montpetit in our league, with support from a few others. We started off strong again, opening up a 21-5 lead after the first quarter. We led 38-19 at halftime and 59-43 after 3 quarters. We had a letdown in the final period, allowing our opponents to close the gap to 63-57, but then we extended the lead once again and finally won 82-70. Our leading scorers were Josh Koulamallah with 17 points, Karim Mané with 16 and Haris Elezovic with 14.
The final was a much more difficult and exciting contest, as we took on PB United, a very talented team which had 3 all-stars from our league last season, including the National Player of the Year. Once again we started off strong, leading 27-17 after the first quarter and 50-34 at the half. Unfortunately we got into some foul trouble (2 starters eventually fouled out), and we started turning over the ball, which allowed our opponents to get back into the game. Our lead after 3 periods was just a single point, 66-65. PB United took 4-point lead in the 4th quarter, but we came back and re-took the advantage. The game went back and forth, and we led by 3, but PB hit a late 3 to tie up the game. We were unable to score on our last possession, and the game went into overtime. We scored the first 5 points of the extra period, but they came right back and tied the game again. We got the lead again on 4 straight foul shots, and ended up winning by that 4-point margin, 102-98. We had 6 players score in double figure in this game, led by Steeve Joseph with 26 points. Josh Koulamallah had 20 points, Pier-Olivier Racine had 19, Nginyu Ngala had 12, Karim Mané had 11 and Haris Elezovic had 10.
Our men’s D1 team will next scrimmage the Quebec U17 team on Sunday, June 10 at 12:30 PM at Vanier. Then, we are in the Express summer tournament June 29-July 1.
There is lots of other good news to share.
Congratulations go out to alum Seth Amoah, who recently received his MBA from the University of Cape Breton.
Congratulations also go out to alums Tevonn Walker and Max Joseph, both of whom graduated from Valparaiso University, Tevonn in Business Marketing and Max in International Business.
I am also pleased to announce that the last of the graduating seniors of our men’s D1 basketball team has finally committed to a school for next year. Quarry Whyne will be joining the McGill Redmen. Congratulations Quarry !