The Division 1 Provincial Basketball Championships were held on Saturday and Sunday at Vanier College, with our Division 1 Men’s team competing on both days.
In the first Division 1 Women’s semi-final game, Dawson defeated Champlain Saint-Lambert 84-74 to advance to the Gold Medal finals. Then in the second semi-final match, Montmorency beat Sainte-Foy 85-73 to advance to the finals VS Dawson.
In the first Men’s semi-final match, first-place Jean-de-Brebeuf defeated 4th place Dawson 79-70 to advance to Sunday’s Gold Medal match.
Then in the second semi-final game, third-place Vanier faced second-place Montmorency, last year’s national champions. Vanier started with a big offensive push and jumped out to a twelve-point 27-15 lead after the first quarter. But by the half, Montmorency had mounted an offensive surge of their own to take a four-point lead of 38-34. After a tremendous see-saw battle in the third quarter, Vanier had reduced the deficit to one point, trailing only 63-62 going into the final frame. However Momo opened up a large lead in the fourth quarter which Vanier reduced to 77-74 with 1:40 remaining in the game, but six unanswered points by Montmorency at the end of the game propelled them to an 83-74 win. Montmorency advanced to Sunday’s Gold Medal final VS Jean-de-Brebeuf, while Vanier was set to play Dawson in the Bronze Medal match.
In the Women’s Bronze Medal Match which featured Champlain Saint-Lambert VS Sainte-Foy, Sainte-Foy ended up winning by the score of 79-63.
Then, in the Men’s Bronze Medal Match between old rivals Vanier and Dawson, the score was close throughout much of the game, but a big offensive surge by the Blues in the late going proved too much and Vanier ended up losing by the score of 73-61, thus ending their season. Still, our congratulations go out to Head Coach Andy Hertzog and to the entire team who had a very successful 12-4 regular season.
Next, in the Women’s Final, the Dawson Lady Blues put their perfect 15-0 record on the line (14-0 in the regular season plus a win in the playoff semi-finals) as they faced the Montmorency Nomades for the Gold Medal. Early in the game, it seemed Momo was up for the big upset win, taking a significant early lead. But Dawson battled back and a little over half way through the 4th quarter, and it was knotted up 54-54. Dawson surged to a 6-point lead, but then Montmorency fought back and took a 63-62 lead with a little over 3 minutes left. But a final 8-point surge gave back to the Blues a lead that they would not relinquish, ultimately winning by the score of 70-63. Congratulations, Dawson!
Finally, in the Men’s Final, the top two Division 1 teams in the regular season standings, Jean-de-Brebeuf and Montmorency, ended up playing for Provincial Gold. The teams were knotted up in a tie right up to the last minute of the 4th quarter when Momo came out on top to secure the close 78-77 victory. Congratulations, Montmorency!
Congratulations go out to our Athletics Coordinator Mai-Anh Nguyen and Assistant Coordinator Helen Bastos who did an amazing job of organizing the full slate of games throughout the weekend. Way ta go, Mai and Helen!! Other huge contributors were Mireille Béland, Ritche Salinas, Donny Insogna, and Francois René.
Seen in the photo below, from left: Mireille Béland, Mai-Anh Nguyen, Helena Bastos, Ritche Salinas, and Francois René.
Here is Coach And Hertzog’s last game recap for this 2017-18 season. Thanks for everything, Andy!!
Vanier hosted the Division 1 Provincial basketball championships this weekend, and our men’s team came in as the 3rd seed. Unfortunately, the weekend ended up being disappointing for us.
In our first game Saturday night, in front of a packed and very vocal crowd, we took on the defending Provincial and National champion Montmorency Nomades. We came out in a trick defence – a Triangle & 2, to try to neutralize the Nomades’ 2 star guards. The strategy worked perfectly, and we raced out to a 15-point lead early in the game. We still led by 12 (27-15) at the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately, we had to sit 3 starters with 2 fouls each, and we struggled to score in the second period. Montmorency roared back and took a 48-44 lead at halftime. We started off well in the 3rd quarter, retaking the lead, and then the game went back and forth for the remainder of the period, which saw us trailing only 63-62 going into the final period. The last quarter also went back and forth, but the Nomades opened up a 6-point advantage. We closed the gap to 3 on a couple of occasions but missed several key foul shots and could not get over the hump. We had to foul late and eventually lost a 83-74 decision.
Pier-Olivier Racine was named our Player of the Game. He had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Quarry Whyne had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. JF Daho had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Steeve Joseph chipped in with 9 points and 6 assists.
Losing Saturday night put us in the bronze medal game on Sunday against Dawson. Unlike the first game in which our players gave a great effort, we seemed disinterested at the outset of this game, and we trailed 21-13 after the first quarter. We narrowed the margin a bit in the next period, and were down 38-32 at halftime. We kept getting closer in the second half, tying the game early in the 3rd quarter, but we trailed 52-50 going into the final period. We took a 1-point lead early in the 4th quarter, but it did not last and Dawson re-took the lead. We trailed by 5 late in the game when we had to foul again, and we ended up losing 73-61. We could not make shots (1/14 from 3 in the second half) and turned the ball over too much. Our Player of the Game was Steeve Joseph, who had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Josh Koulamallah had 10 points and 6 rebounds while JF Daho added 10 & 5.
Although the ending was disappointing, we had a good season overall with good growth from our young players. I want to thank our 3 assistant coaches, Feras Saaida, Mike Flannery and Michael Fosu, for the great work they did with the kids this year. I also want to thank our AD Mai-Anh Nguyen and the entire Athletics and Equipment Room staff for all their help. Of course, we are more than grateful for the terrific job done by our Athletic Therapy staff led by Max Hanna.
Thanks also go out to our 4 graduating seniors, Benji Bercovitch, JF Daho, Swann Fargeau Faucon, and Quarry Whyne for all their contributions and for representing Vanier with pride.
On a much more positive note, our men’s Division 2 team had an offensive explosion Friday night, beating Rosemont 129-60 on the road.
Congratulations to Steeve Joseph and Quarry Whyne from the men’s Division 1 team who were both named to the league’s second all-star team. Benji Bercovitch won a league Academic Merit award.
Congratulations to alum Abdul Kamane, with the Bishop’s University Gaiters, who led the league in scoring and was named to the first all-star team.
Congratulations to alums Tevonn Walker and Max Joseph, who recently concluded their 4-year careers in NCAA Division 1 basketball with the Valparaiso Crusaders. They won 97 games together during their stint at Valpo. Tevonn finished 14th in school history with 1,405 points and 8th in school history in free throws made and steals. He was also named this year to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Defensive team , after winning a similar honour last year in the Horizon League.
Congratulations to alum Jhony Verrone of the University of Calgary Dinos, who was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Canada West Conference. He helped the Dinos win the Canada West championship, and we wish him and his team the best of luck at Nationals.
Finally alum Ben Millaud Meunier, who is the head coach of Division 2 Jonquiere Gaillards, was recently named technical director of Saguenay Basketball.
DIVISION 2 MEN’S BASKETBALL
On Friday, March 2nd, the Division 2 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs took a commanding 129-60 road win over Rosemont, improving their season record to 10-5. Their last game of the regular season will be played on the road on Friday March 9th at Saint-Jean starting at 8:00 PM. They will then participate in the league playoffs in mid-March.
VTV posted a video promoting the Basketball Provincials at Vanier. Thanks, VTV!