Report by Athletics Webmaster Denis Lafontaine.
It was an epic weekend for Vanier Cheetahs sports teams as our Division 1 Men’s Football team had advanced to the championship Bol d’Or final VS Champlain-Lennoxville. The Cheetahs entered the game with the league’s 2nd best defence, but the Cougars had the league’s number one defence, and they ended up carrying the day as they completely shut down Vanier’s powerful offence. The final score was a decisive 36-0 for Lennoxville. Still, we must offer our congratulations to Coach Peter Chryssomalis and the entire team for an excellent season, indeed their most successful one since 2012.
In other action this weekend, our Division 1 Lady Basketball Cheetahs lost to the country’s top-ranked Dawson Lady Blues 71-35, but in the second half of Friday’s home Div.1 Basketball doubleheader, our Div.1 Men’s team beat their perennial rivals from Dawson 84-76 to improve their record to an impressive 5 wins and 1 loss for the season. You can read Coach Hertzog’s usual game report about both games.
Finally, on Sunday, our Division 2 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs played top-ranked Ahuntsic at home and lost 107-59.
Here are all the details for this weekend’s games.
MEN’S DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL
In an exciting championship showdown, our Men’s Football Cheetahs faced the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars in the provincial Bol d’Or game on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars were riding a 6-game win streak, having last lost to first-place Andre-Grasset who were eliminated by Vanier in the playoff semi-finals last Saturday. The Cheetahs had a 7-game win streak of their own going into the game, but they had lost to the Cougars 24-14 in their one and only match played early in this season.
Lennoxville came out swinging in the first quarter, scoring a touchdown on their first drive and then forcing Vanier to concede a safety to go up 9-0. After the Cougars kicked a long field goal in the 2nd quarter to go up 12-0, the Cheetahs offence had a good offensive sequence but ultimately were unable to come up with any points. In the following series of plays, the Cougars appeared to score a 73-yard TD, but it was called back on a holding penalty. After the Cheetahs defence held the line, the Cougars had to kick the ball and the Cheetahs had a 1st down on the Cougars 45 yard line after an excellent run-back on the punt. They got to the Cougars 30-yard line but then lost possession after a failed 4th-down gamble. In the following Cougars offensive sequence, they advanced down the field and then scored a long passing TD to take a 19-0 lead following the successful convert. With a little over 2 minutes left in the half, the Cheetahs offence was looking for some production against the stingy Cougars defence, and they marched gamely up the field until the Cougars made a huge interception and took possession at the Cheetahs 40 yard line with a little over a minute remaining in the half. They then scored on a long passing TD shortly after to take a commanding 26-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Cheetahs started off knowing they needed 4 converted touchdowns to win the game, a tall order to say the least. Halfway though the 3rd quarter, Lennoxville kicked a field goal to go up 29-0. Then, a pass interception by the Cougars for a touchdown with under 7 minutes left in the game put them up 36-0 which ended up being the final margin of victory. We know the Cheetahs are very disappointed, but we want to offer our congratulations to Head Coach Peter Chryssomalis and the entire team for their most successful season since 2012, when they defeated the same Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars 25-19 to win the Bol d’Or. CHEETAHS PRIDE!!
WOMEN’S & MEN’S DIVISION 1 BASKETBALL
On Friday evening, our Division 1 Basketball team had a home doubleheader against perennial rivals the Dawson College Blues. In the opening game, the Lady Cheetahs had the daunting task of facing the Lady Blues who are ranked number 1 in the entire country. In the final result, Vanier saw their 2-game win streak end as they lost to unbeaten Dawson by the score of 71-35. The Lady Cheetahs’ season record is now 2 wins, 3 losses. They will next play a road game on Friday, November 24th at Trois-Rivières starting at 7:00 PM.
In the second game of the night, the Division 1 Men held a slight edge in the first half, leading 25-23 at the end of the first quarter and 43-39 at the end of the half. In the second half, the men stretched their lead to 13 points, leading 65-52 by the 3rd quarter, and eventually held on for the 84-76 victory. Their record improves to 5 wins and 1 loss. The Div.1 Men next play on Friday, November 24th on the road at John Abbot College starting at 9:00 PM.
Here is Coach Andy Hertzog’s game report from the doubleheader:
Our Vanier Division 1 basketball teams hosted our rivals from Dawson College Friday night.
In the first game, our women got off to a terrible start, trailing 11-0 to start the game, 19-2 after the first quarter and 41-6 at halftime to the first place Blues. We were much more competitive in the second half, but the damage was done and we lost 71-35. Our leading scorer was Jessica Salanon with 11 points, and she added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Tatiana Toledo chipped in with 8 points, 8 boards and 3 blocked shots.
The second half of the doubleheader was a more typical Vanier-Dawson rivalry game, hotly contested throughout. The first quarter went back and forth, but we got the final score to take a 25-23 lead. We opened up a 9-point advantage late in the second quarter, but Dawson scored the last 5 points of the period and we led by a slim margin of 43-39 at halftime. We took control a bit in the 3rd quarter, and took a more comfortable 65-52 lead into the final period. Dawson started the 4th on a 11-2 run which reduced our advantage to 4, but we responded and opened up an 11-point lead and eventually won 84-76. Steeve Joseph was our leading scorer with 18 points, and he added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Nginyu Ngala had 13 points and 4 assists. Quarry Whyne had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Benji Bercovitch and Josh Koulamallah added 8 points each.
Our women’s Division 1 team play at Trois-Rivieres next Friday at 7:00 PM. Our men’s D1 team plays at John Abbott next Friday at 9:00 PM.
Congratulations to alum Tevonn Walker, who recently scored his 1,000th point at Valparaiso University (NCAA Div. 1).
MEN’S DIVISION 2 BASKETBALL
On Sunday, our Div.2 Men’s Basketball team played a home game VS Ahuntsic who came into the game with a record of 3 wins and just 1 loss. By the final buzzer, Ahuntsic had recorded a solid 107-59 win, dropping the Div.2 Men’s record to 4 wins and 3 losses. The team now has a bye week and will next play a home game VS Rosemont on Friday, December 1st starting at 9:00 PM.
COME OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR CHEETAHS!
Finally, congratulations to our varsity Cheerleading team who placed third in this weekend’s Kick’s College / University Competition, held on Sunday at Centre Sportif du Collège St-Jean-Vianney. Full results from the competition are available on this page.