By Brent Sabino

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March 2, 2004

The Vanier College Women’s AAA Basketball Team completed their season on a four game winning streak after posting a season-ending 59-55 decision over their arch-rival Dawson Blues this past Friday before a full house at the Vanier College Sports Complex. Coach Chantal Vallée’s squad just missed the playoffs as they finished in fifth place with a 6-8 record.

This was the last game for seniors Caroline Hébert, Annie Caplette, Vanessa Luciani, Fabienne Bain and Kendra Sanon. They received a nice presentation before this big game, where the Lady Cheetahs needed to upset third place Dawson to remain in the playoff hunt. Vanier played a determined game and jumped out to an 8-point lead at the half. Dawson bounced back in an exciting second frame to knot the score at 50-50 with a few minutes remaining. The ladies then went on a 7-0 run and prevailed 59-55. Unfortunately, Edouard-Montpetit also won on this evening, eliminating the Lady Cheetahs from the playoff hunt.

Dranadia Roc

Dranadia Roc had another outstanding performance with 23 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Fabienne Bain netted 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Rookie Heather Eason put forth her best effort of the season as she tallied 11 second half points while adding 6 rebounds. Vanessa Danisi nailed 6 key foul shots down the stretch and hauled in 8 boards. Ebonny Morris, a starting walk-on point guard, handled intense pressure very well, committing only one turnover in 34 minutes of play. She was a great asset, ensuring that Vanier could run its halfcourt offense effectively.

Coach Vallée is extremely proud of her team, which accomplished a lot in a very difficult year. She is very enthusiastic about the future of the Ladies Basketball Program at Vanier College.

The second half of the doubleheader was preceded by a classy presentation to the Men’s AAA Cheetahs departing players – Paget Berridge, Damian Buckley, Dwayne Buckley, James Lee, Jerreh Saidybah and Colson Sénat. Their accomplishments were recited and they each received a videotape containing the highlights of their playing careers at Vanier. Unfortunately the men’s team lost 95-85, dropping their league record to 12-4.

Paget Berridge

The Cheetahs trailed 43-30 at halftime and never caught up, only coming as close as 8 points in the second half. Paget Berridge held the hot hand for Vanier with 26 points, while Damian Buckley and James Lee each had 11 points in the loss. Jerreh Saidybah notched 10 points and Dwayne Buckley added 8 points, bringing his Vanier career total to 1499. Coach Andy Hertzog’s crew will have another shot at the Blues this coming Saturday at the Provincial Championships at John Abbott College. Game time is 8:00 p.m. for this semi-final showdown.

Elsewhere, the Men’s AA Cheetahs remained unbeaten in the second semester with a convincing 87-75 road win at Outaouais. The Cheetahs led 53-37 at halftime before the home team went on a huge run to narrow the lead to 2 points before Vanier took control once again to win by 12. Fahad Beg paced the Cheetahs with 26 points while Andrew Bergeron netted 15 and Ashley Oziegbe contributed 12 points to the win. Coach Bengi Vidicek’s team will host Montmorency this Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Andrew Bergeron