It was a full slate of action on Friday evening for all three Cheetahs basketball teams. At home, our Division 2 Men’s team faced our perennial rivals from Dawson College here at Vanier, and they emerged with a stirring 98-95 victory in front of the partisan home crowd.
Things didn’t go as well for our Division 1 Women’s and Men’s teams as they played a road doubleheader against the Champlain Saint-Lambert Cavaliers. In the opening game, the Lady Cheetahs came up on the short end of a 69-52 decision, and in the second match, our Division 1 Men’s team lost a super-close 73-71 match, dropping their season record to 8 wins and 3 losses.
Get all the details in the game report from Division 1 Men’s Head Coach Andy Hertzog:
All our Vanier basketball teams were in action on Friday night.
Our men’s Division 2 team kicked off the second half of their league schedule with an exciting 98-95 victory over rival Dawson. We got off to a poor start, trailing 32-22 after the first quarter. We came back in the second quarter and narrowed the deficit to a single point (53-52) going into halftime. We kept the momentum going in the second half, took the lead and hung on for the 3-point win. Our leading scorer was Malik Lewis with 29 points. Silas Owusu-Acheaw had 20 points. Christian Hernandez and Kevin Zolnowski added 14 and 13 points respectively. Our men’s Division 2 team return to action next Sunday, February 4 at 1:00 PM, on the road at Edouard-Montpetit.
Our women’s and men’s Division 1 teams played a doubleheader at Champlain St. Lambert on Friday night, with much worse results.
Our women got off to a terrible start, trailing 19-4 after the first quarter and 35-13 at halftime. They closed the gap to 8 points (56-48) in the 4th quarter, but then Champlain went on another run, and we ended up losing 69-52. Our high scorer and leading rebounder was Mikitshi Basambombo with 9 points and 6 boards.
In the second half of the doubleheader, our men also got off to a bad start, trailing 14-4 to open the game. We were down 16-10 after the first period, but came back to take a slim 33-32 advantage at the half. We opened up a 5-point lead in the 3rd quarter, but our advantage was again trimmed to a single point (52-51) going into the final period. Champlain went on a run and took a 60-54 lead, but we roared back and led 66-64. The lead then kept going back and forth, but Champlain took a 73-71 lead with around 15 seconds left. We missed a layup with 6 seconds left and that was the final score – a very disappointing 2-point loss. We had 2 players score in double figures. Nginyu Ngala had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Khalifa Koulamallah had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Benji Bercovitch had 6 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.
Our Division 1 teams will next play a doubleheader at home this Friday night, February 2. The women play Champlain Lennoxville at 7:00 PM and the men take on Brebeuf at 9:00 PM.
Webmaster’s note: the home doubleheader on February 2nd will also serve as an Athletics initiative to raise awareness and show support for people dealing with mental health issues. Come on out and make some noise for both our Cheetahs as well as this worthy cause! See the link.