By Andrew Hertzog

        BASKETBALL UPDATE         
March 21, 2005

Our men’s AAA basketball team competed in the national Championships last week at NAIT in Edmonton, Alberta. We got off to a great start, beating Centennial College of Toronto 81-71. We were down early, but took control of the game by the end of the first half, and never trailed after that. Our point guard, Adrian Sapp, had a tremendous game, with 28 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Colson Sénat had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Nathan Grant, who was names the “Hustlle” layer of the game, had 8 points and 3 assists off the bench.

Unfortunately, in our 2nd game, we ran into a great team playing at their best – eventual gold medal Cariboo College, the number 1 ranked team from B.C. It was one of those games where everything went right for our opponents, and nothing went right for us. They shot the ball great, and we couldn’t put it in the ocean. We shot 30% from the field and 46% from the foul line. The final score was 89-58 for Cariboo. Greg Page was our leading scorer with 16 points. Adrian Sapp had 12 points, and Mathieu Lord and Oliver Borenstein had 7 points each.

In our game the next morning, against Malaspina College of B.C. (which later beat Humber to win the bronze), we were obviously still feeling the effects of the game aginst Cariboo, and fell behind by 19 midway through the first half. However, we fought back and closed the gap to 2 at the half. We hit a 3 to take the lead at the start of the 2nd half, but then Malaspina went on a run and we trailed by 16. We came back and cut the lead to 2, but could get no closer, and finally losing 92-83. Colson Sénat had an outstanding game for us with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. Adrian Sapp had 15 points and 6 assists. Nathan Grant had 11 points, 3 assists and 6 steals. Mark D’Agostino, who was battling a nasty flu bug all week long, added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

Adrian Sapp was named to the tournament 2nd all-star team.

This past weekend our men’s AA team played in their Regional championships in Hull, winning a bronze medal. They won their first game against Heritage College, the local team, by a score of 80-67. We led 39-31 at the half, but Heritage rallied to tie the game 51-51 at the end of the 3rd quarter. We took control in the 4th quarter and won by 13. Marc Chery was our leading scorer with 20 points. Victor Paskal and Saad Beg chipped in 15 and 9 points respectively.

In our 2nd game, we took a 40-22 lead against Montmorency in the 2nd quarter, but led only 43-34 at the half. But, Montmorency took control in the 2nd half and won the game 83-73. Our top scorers were Matthew Vanier with 16 points, Saad Beg with 15 and Robert Gibbs with 13.

In our 3rd game, we beat Dawson 78-74 to capture the bronze medal. It was a close game throughout, with Dawson leading by 2 at the half and by 3 after 3 quarters. Saad Beg was our leading scorer with 18 points. Jomo Johnson had 15 points, and Joel Borges and Pierre Monuma had 10 points each.

Our AA men’s team next competes in the Provincial Championships in Saguenay April 1-3.