The Mens and Womens
AAA Cheetahs participated in the Provincial Championships this past
weekend in Ste-Foy.
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 DAgostino was named to the 2nd
all-star team for the 2nd year consecutive year.
The Womens 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 Mens 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
go out to several former and current Cheetahs.
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
James had just
recently been named CACC Conference Rookie of the Week on
January 9, 2006. See
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
Damian is having
a terrific rookie season with the Stingers. Congratulations
to Damian and to the Stingers!
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
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.
DAgostino of our mens 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.
BASKETBALL NEWS ITEMS
to our very own Mark DAgostino 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
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