By Brent Sabino

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FOOTBALL CHEETAHS OFF TO BOL D’OR CHAMPIONSHIP
TO FACE COUGARS AFTER CONVINCING WIN

November 14, 2006


The Vanier College AAA Cheetahs Football team earned a trip to the Bol d’Or Championship game with a convincing 29-3 semi-final decision over the Beauce-Appalaches Condors this past Saturday at the Concordia Football Field. The Cheetahs will now face the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars who upset the heavily favored Vieux-Montréal Spartiates 28-14 in the other semi-final game. The final will take will place this Friday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m. in Trois-Rivières.


John Jean-Baptiste

After a scoreless first quarter, the Cheetahs busted out for 16 straight points in the second frame on a safety touch, two touchdowns by John Jean-Baptiste on runs of 3 and 9 yards and two Ofir Levy converts. The Condors broke the shutout with time expiring in the first half on a single. Vanier then put the game out of reach in the third quarter as quarterback Liam Mahoney connected with his favorite target Frank Bruno on a 70-yard touchdown bomb and then Mahoney himself raced 2 yards for a major late in the period. Levy added another convert to round out the scoring for the home team.


The Cheetahs were led offensively once again by John Jean-Baptiste, who rushed for 154 yards on 23 carries in severely inclement weather. Kenny Desir also had a strong game with 52 yards rushing on 6 carries. Chris Burnett and Adam Ginzburg paced a rock solid defense with 18 and 16 tackles respectively while Samael Lavaud had 14 and Ameet Pall and Hassan Hazime contributed 13 tackles apiece in the victory. Pall, Hazime and Burnett each had a quarterback sack while Joff Gorin, Nathan Taylor and Xavier Roy recorded an interception apiece. Coach Peter Chryssomalis’ Cheetahs will be gunning for their first playoff championship since 1991.


Ameet Pall


QB Liam Mahoney
QB LIAM MAHONEY NAMED BY THE GAZETTE AND
GLOBLE TV AS AMATEUR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

As a result of his tremendous play this season, leading the Cheetahs to 1st place with a 9-1 record, Vanier quarterback Liam Mahoney was singled out for this prestigious honour. The accompanying article in the Gazette of November 8th focuses on Liam's prodigious abilities to scramble & run as well as fire off accurate passes. Click for


ALSO IN FOOTBALL NEWS
NINE FOOTBALL CHEETAHS NAMED TO ALL-STAR SQUAD
VANIER ALSO RECEIVES TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Congratulations to the following 2006 All-Star team members. (See photos)

Offense:
Quarterback - Liam Mahoney
Running Back - John Jean-Baptiste
Receiver - Michael Alfonso - Tied
Receiver - Frank Bruno
Tackle - Anthony Barrette Guard - Muhommad Petrus
Center - Daryl Rankin - Tied

Defense:
Defensive End -Ameet Pall
Linebacker - Sammy Lavaud


SEE MORE FOOTBALL PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS GAMES



RESULTS FROM OTHER SPORTS

On the court, the Men’s and Women’s AAA Cheetahs basketball teams each recorded a pair of home wins on the weekend.

AAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
On Thursday, in their home-opener, the ladies hammered Ahuntsic 75-37. Anneth Him-Lazarenko had a tremendous game with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Also reaching double figures in scoring were Marie-Eve Martin with 12 points and 7 boards and Heather Eason with 11 points and 6 rebounds as the Lady Cheetahs built up an insurmountable 43-15 advantage at the half.

The ladies improved their win steak to three with a huge upset 72-69 victory over #3 ranked Edouard-Montpetit on Sunday. The Lady Cheetahs trailed for most of the game and were down by 14 points in the fourth quarter before mounting an inspirational comeback that tied the score at 61-61 with 5:30 remaining in the final frame. The visitors then went ahead again 69-63 with only 1:33 to play before the home side once again proved their metal and mounted yet another comeback, narrowing the gap to 69-66 before Heather Eason and Arianne Dushenes each notched a pair of free throws to give the ladies the lead. Edouard-Montpetit missed a last second attempt at a potential game-tying 3-point shot and the home side had an improbable victory. Kristin Portwine led the Cheetahs’ scoring parade with 16 points and 6 rebounds while Marie-Eve Martin chalked up 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and Heather Eason also picked up 12 points, all in a clutch second half performance. Anneth Him-Lazarenko netted 10 points to go along with 9 boards and Magalie Beaulieu contributed 11 points to this uplifting win. The Lady Cheetahs put their 3-1 record on the line this Friday when they visit their cross-town rival the Dawson Blues. The tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.


AAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
The Men’s AAA Cheetahs also routed Ahuntsic last Thursday. Leading 44-30 at halftime and 57-42 in the third quarter, Ahuntsic went on a 12-0 run to close the gap to 57-54 but that was as close as they would come as the Cheetahs triumphed by a 90-60 count. Germaine Young led the Cheetahs with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Mike Flannery tallied 13 points while Anaclet Mulumba Mbayi contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in the win. Matt Michaud scored 10 points along with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots and Dimitri Tchouta also picked up 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 helpers. Hernst Laroche also put forth a stellar effort with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in the Cheetahs’ second straight regular season win.

Coach Andy Hertzog’s crew then improved to 3-0 with a solid 78-58 win over Edouard-Montpetit at the Vanier College Sports Complex on Sunday. The Cheetahs held a 40-24 lead at halftime and their guests closed the gap to 10 points but that was as close as the score would get. Mike Flannery topped Vanier with 17 points while Kenny Perry netted 14 points and 4 assists and Anaclet Mulumba Mbayi chipped in with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots. Ronald Vanel also hit double digits in scoring with 10 points and 6 boards for the Cheetahs, who will also visit Dawson this Friday. Game time is 9:00 p.m.


AA MEN'S BASKETBALL
In Men’s AA Basketball action this past weekend, the Cheetahs posted a 1-1 mark. On Friday night, they ran their early season record to a perfect 5-0 with a 95-72 home decision over Nouvelle-Frontières. Pierre Monuma paced Vanier with 23 points while Fadi Ali-Ahmad netted 9 points and Presley Duah and Shem Grant-Corbett added 8 points apiece as the Cheetahs opened up a 31-11 first quarter lead and never looked back.

On Sunday, the Cheetahs suffered their first setback, a tight 79-74 road loss to Brebeuf. The guests fell behind 17-6 early on but rallied to cut the deficit to 27-25 after the first quarter as Pierre Monuma connected on 4 3-point shots. The Cheetahs trailed 43-39 at the half and knotted the score at 74-74 late in the contest before coming just short. The Cheetahs will look to start another winning streak this Friday when they travel to John Abbott for a 7:00 p.m. dance with the Islanders.



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