The Vanier College Mens
AAA Basketball Cheetahs captured the Provincial Championship this
past weekend at Collège Montmorency in Laval.
to their first place finish in the league standings, the Cheetahs
had a bye in the first round on Friday. As a result, they had
to face in Saturdays semi-final a red-hot Ste-Foy team,
who had defeated Montmorency in a quarter-final match-up and
had gone undefeated in the winter semester, including a January
win over the Cheetahs.
Ste-Foy jumped out to
an early 7-0 advantage and led the entire first half, holding a
49-37 lead at halftime. In a see-saw second frame, Vanier trailed
57-43 at one point before going on a 10-0 run to narrow the gap
57-53. The Cheetahs moved to within 4 points on a few occasions
but a determined Ste-Foy squad kept pulling ahead until Vanier went
on an 8-0 run on their way to a thrilling 88-84 triumph. James
Lee had a huge game for the victors with 21 points, 7 rebounds
and 3 blocked shots while Nathan Grant put forth a tremendous
effort off of the bench with 17 points. Colson Sénat
notched 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots and Mark DAgostino
picked up 11 points in the win.
Vanier then took on Champlain
in the Sunday final. The Cheetahs were ahead 36-23 at the half before
their opponents cut their lead to 46-42. Vanier then went on a 12-2
run to put the game out of reach and capture the Provincial title
with a 75-59 triumph. Colson Sénat held the hot hand
for the Cheetahs with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Nathan Grant
had yet another tremendous game off the bench with 13 points and
5 rebounds while Adrian Sapp contributed 11 points, 7 assists
and 4 boards in the championship clinching triumph. James Lee
poured in 10 points and did a terrific defensive job on the leagues
leading scorer, who he held to two first half points.
The Cheetahs, coached
by Andy Hertzog with assistants Bengi Vidicek and Dave Hodge,
are off to the Nationals next week in Edmonton. The Vanier
roster includes Ashley Oziegbe, Alexis Him, Lerry Williams,
Louis-Nicolas Imbeau, Adrian Sapp, Nathan Grant, Germaine
Young, Oliver Borenstein, James Lee, Sean Cyrus, Olivier Dupiton,
Mark DAgostino, Greg Page, Mathieu Lord and Colson Sénat.
The manager is Ali Shirmohameddi. The athletic therapist is
Phil Saucier and the head athletic therapist is Sean Christensen.
AAA Cheetahs were defeated 58-50 by Ste-Foy in quarter-final
action at the Provincials. The ladies took a 10-point lead
at the half but were overcome by Ste-Foy in the second frame.
The Lady Cheetahs put forth a terrific effort and had a great
season. Congratulations to the players and the coaching staff.
awards banquet held on March 5th during the Provincial Championships,
Dranadia Roc of our womens team was named a provincial
first team all-star, an All-Canadian and winner of the Al Silverman
award as Player of the Year in Quebec. Congratulations to Dranadia
on those very deserving honours. Get
the whole story.
Elsewhere, in exhibition
AA play, the Cheetahs outlasted the Dawson Community juvenile team
89-78. Trailing by 10 points in the first half, the Cheetahs rallied
to knot the game at 44-44 at the half before taking a third quarter
lead on their way to the win. Saad Beg and Cory Binning paced Vanier
with 12 points apiece while Joel Borges and Jomo Johnson each chalked
up 11 points. The Cheetahs play their last regular season game before
the playoffs this coming Thursday at Ahuntsic.
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