There hasn’t been a lot of action to report on since our last update as most teams are having a Thanksgiving Weekend break. The only action we can share with you is a Women’s Rugby game from October 3rd and a Men’s Div.1 Basketball pre-season tournament which finished on October 6th.
By Denis Lafontaine, Vanier Athletics Webmaster.
On the evening of Wednesday, October 3rd, our Lady Rugby Cheetahs faced powerhouse John Abbott at home and they ended up on the short side of a 42-8 decision. The loss dropped their record to 2-2.
The Lady Rugby Cheetahs will next face Dawson at noon on Sunday, October 21st in a road game played at Parc Douglas.
MEN’S DIV.1 BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON
Coach Hertzog sent us his report on the team’s experience at the Dawson Fall Classic Tournament (Formerly known as the Hagen Tournament):
“Our men’s division 1 basketball team concluded its pre-season with some stiff competition at the Dawson Fall Classic Tournament this weekend. The results were a bit mixed, but we will build off this to get ready for our league schedule.
On Friday we played 2 of the top teams in the country – Holland College and George Brown College. Holland is a perennial national top 5 program which was a Final Four team last year, and George Brown had had a great pre-season, blowing out all its opponents.
We got off to a difficult start against Holland, trailing 22-19 after the first quarter and 45-32 at halftime. But, we played a terrific 2nd half, turning the game around and taking a 65-63 advantage after 3 quarters. We extended our lead in the final period and ended up with a 90-81 victory. Karim Mané was our high scorer with 17 points, while Pier-Olivier Racine and Josh Koulamallah added 16 each.
The George Brown game was a back and forth affair that was close throughout. We trailed 23-22 after the first quarter, but led 42-41 at halftime. We fell behind by 7 in the 3rd quarter, but rallied to tie the score at 63 going into the final period. We took an 8-point lead in the 4th, but George Brown came back and took the lead. They hit a very long 3 (almost from half court) in the last minute and went on to beat us 92-88. Our leading scorer was Steeve Joseph with 19 points. Karim Mané had 17 points, Nginyu Ngala had 16 and Josh Koulamallah added 15.
Our last game was against St. Clair College. We got off to a quick start, seizing a 12-2 advantage, but we led only 16-15 after the first quarter. We extended our lead to 12 points in the 2nd period, but our opponents closed the gap and but our lead to 6 at the half. St. Clair continued their good play in the 3rd quarter, and they took a 1-point lead into the 4th quarter. The final period went back and forth. Our opponents were finally able to grab a 4-point lead with 26 seconds left, but we pressed and scored 5 points in the next 14 seconds, taking a 1-point advantage. But, St. Clair made a tough shot with 5 seconds left, and we lost 79-78. Our leading scorer was Josh Koulamallah with 18 points. Nginyu Ngala had 17 points, Karim Mané had 13 points and Pier-Olivier Racine had 12.
Our Division 1 basketball teams travel to Ste-Foy next Friday to kick off their league schedules against the Dynamiques.
BASKETBALL ALUMNI NEWS
Congratulations go out to alum Karim Sabban. He was game high scorer with 22 points as the UQAM Citadins got a huge win over defending national finalists Ryerson University at the Brock University tournament. The final score was 91-83.”