By Brent Sabino

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March 7, 2006

The Men’s and Women’s AAA Cheetahs participated in the Provincial Championships this past weekend in Ste-Foy.

The Men’s AAA squad was eliminated in the first round by host Ste-Foy 83-68. The game was close for the first few minutes before Ste-Foy caught fire and went ahead 43-23 at halftime. Their lead was increased to 28 in the second frame before the Cheetahs mounted a tremendous comeback and closed the gap with under two minutes to play but that was as close as they would get. Lerry Williams topped the Cheetahs with 25 points while Dwayne Johnson chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the setback. At the AAA banquet on Saturday evening, Mark D’Agostino was named to the 2nd all-star team for the 2nd year consecutive year.

The Women’s AAA Cheetahs faired a little better than the men as they were only defeated in the bronze medal game. In the first game on Friday against Sherbrooke, the ladies led by two points at the half before pulling ahead on their way to a 70-61 win. Magalie Beaulieu was the ladies' top scorer with 17 points while Anneth Him-Lazarenko had 15 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Yasmin Jean-Philippe chipped in with 8 points and 6 rebounds and Kristin Portwine also picked up 8 points to go along with 5 boards. Soumia Abboub, who was named a tournament all-star, netted 7 points and Amy Bakos picked up 6 rebounds as the ladies commenced the tournament on a positive note.

The Lady Cheetahs trailed by only two points at the half in their semi-final contest but Montmorency pulled away in the second frame for a 61-41 win. Kristin Portwine paced Vanier with 11 points and 6 rebounds while Heather Eason also hit double figures in scoring with 10 points to go along 4 boards. Soumia Abboub tallied 9 points and 6 rebounds and Anneth Him-Lazarenko pitched in with 7 rebounds and 5 steals in the losing cause.

The ladies then lost the bronze medal game on Sunday morning 59-52 to Dawson. Vanier held a late lead but could not hold on. Anneth Him-Lazarenko was the Lady Cheetahs’ top gun with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Magalie Beaulieu netted 12 points and 4 rebounds while Kristin Portwine had 10 points and 4 boards and Heather Eason added 5 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Elsewhere, the Men’s AA Cheetahs ended the regular portion of their schedule on a winning note with a pair of home wins. On Friday evening, they routed Lionel-Groulx 88-64 in a game that they led wire-to-wire. Robert Gibbs paced the Cheetahs with 25 points. Pierre Monuma, Marc Chery and Suji Surenthiran also hit double figures in scoring with 18, 17 and 10 points respectively in the win.

On Sunday, the Cheetahs played host to second place Abitibi and came away with a convincing 78-66 decision. It was a see-saw battle in the first half with the Cheetahs coming out with a 44-42 advantage. Marc Chery held the hot hand for the home team with 17 points. Robert Gibbs tallied 14 points while John Kourafas had 12 and Joel Borges, in his first game coming back from an injury, contributed 11 points to the victory. The Cheetahs will now take part in the AA regional playoffs which will take place at Edouard-Montpetit Cegep in Longueuil. Their first game will be Saturday, March 18th, at noon. If the team wins, they'll play again on the same day at either 5 or 7 pm. On Sunday, they may play in either the bronze medal game at 11:45 am or in the gold medal game at 4:15 PM


Congratulations go out to several former and current Cheetahs.

Former Cheetah star James Lee , currently playing at Post University in Connecticut was named CACC Conference Rookie of the Week on February 13th for a second time, a rare honour. See the announcement.

James had just recently been named CACC Conference Rookie of the Week on January 9, 2006. See the announcement.

AAA alum Damian Buckley of the Concordia Stingers was named QSSF Player of the Week for the week of January 24th. He had 19 points and 7 assists in a win against the 6th ranked Laval Rouge et Or, and 22 points and 5 assists in a win against the UQAM Citadins.

Damian is having a terrific rookie season with the Stingers. Congratulations to Damian and to the Stingers!

Also, Greg Page and Colson Sénat are both off to good starts with their NCAA Division 1 teams. Both of their teams (Lehigh and Robert Morris) are undefeated in Conference play and both have been making significant contributions off the bench as freshmen.

Dany Charlery was named Brandon University Male Athlete of the Week. See the Press Release with photo. Also of note, Damian Buckley was named Concordia University Male Athlete of the Week for January 9th.

Mark D’Agostino of our men’s AAA team notched his 1,000th point as a Cheetah this past weekend, in a 23-point performance against Brimmer and May Prep School in Boston. Mark has had a great career with the Cheetahs and will attend Delaware State University on a full scholarship next year. See more details below.


Congratulations to our very own Mark D’Agostino and Olivier Dupiton, who last week signed letters of intent to play at NCAA Division 1 schools next year. Mark will be attending Delaware State University and Olivier will heat to Stetson University in Florida. For more details, you can see the whole story on the Vanier Athletics website. Just click here.