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MEN’S AAA CAGERS CROWNED PROVINCIAL CHAMPS!
LADY CHEETAHS TAKE HOME PROVINCIAL BRONZE MEDAL
March 8, 2011


THE VANIER COLLEGE AAA BASKETBALL CHEETAHS PARTICIPATED IN THE PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS PAST WEEKEND AT DAWSON COLLEGE IN DOWNTOWN MONTREAL AND EACH SQUAD CAME HOME WITH A MEDAL.

AAA MEN
   
Click for a larger photo of Lenny Austin
Lenny Austin

In the Men’s semi-final game on Saturday, Lenny Austin (left) hit an off-balance shot off of one foot at the buzzer to give the Cheetahs an exciting 84-82 triumph over Champlain-St. Lambert. (See video) The Cheetahs faced a 25-20 deficit after the first frame but a 7-0 run to start the second quarter propelled them to a 42-39 lead at halftime. It was a see-saw battle in the third quarter that left both teams knotted at 63-63. Both teams exchanged 7-0 runs in the fourth quarter before the Cheetahs took a 2-point lead. Vanier fouled with one second remaining and Champlain-St. Lambert hit both free throws to tie the game and set up Austin’s heroics off of a set play after the Cheetahs’ called a time-out. Michael Fosu (right) had a tremendous game with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Lenny Austin also chalked up 17 points. Jerome Blake, Seth Amoah and Ben Millaud rounded out a balanced scoring attack with 16, 15 and 10 points respectively in this incredible victory.

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Michael Fosu

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Jerome Blake

The Cheetahs then captured their first Provincial title for Coach Andy Hertzog (right) since 2005 with a close 86-82 decision on Sunday over the defending champion Ste. Foy behind an amazing performance by Tournament MVP Jerome Blake (left) who netted 41 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 3 steals. The Cheetahs got off to a slow start as they fell behind 24-9 in the first quarter but narrowed the gap to 24-14 after the first period and then came on strong in the second quarter to go into the locker room trailing by a 42-40 count. Another see-saw battle saw Vanier take a 7-point advantage in the third quarter and then Ste-Foy rallied to draw even 61-61. Ste. Foy then built up a 6-point lead with only 3:26 to play before Jerome Blake and Lenny Austin combined to score the Cheetahs final 14 points of the game. Vanier went ahead 85-79 but a Ste-Foy 3-pointer made them down by only 3 points. However, Blake came through one again, nailing a foul shot to secure the victory.

Click for a larger photo of Head Coach Andy Hertzog
Head Coach Andy Hertzog

Lenny Austin
scored 22 points to make the tournament all-star team along with Michael Fosu. Also of note, Malcolm Henderson recorded 8 points and 4 rebounds and Brent Browne contributed 6 points and 9 boards in the title match.

Click for a larger version of this photo of Jerome Blake.
One for the record books: Jerome Blake's 41 point performance in the final is the most points ever by a Cheetah in a championship game. Click on the photo of Jerome at left for a larger version.

The Cheetahs now prepare for the CCAA National Championships at Durham College in Oshawa, from March 17-19.

They start on Thursday March 17th in a match VS NAIT beginning at 1:00 PM.

All games from the tournament can be viewed online at the following address: http://www.durhamlords.com/fanzone/cast-live_mbb.html

Click for the CCAA Men's Nationals website


PHOTO TAKEN AFTER AAA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP WIN AT PROVINCIALS:

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Click for a higher resolution version of this photo



AAA WOMEN
   
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Mathilde Larochelle

The Lady Cheetahs dropped their semi-final match on Saturday, 71-60 against the home team Dawson Blues. The ladies fell behind 22-13 after the first quarter and 40-24 at the half. The ladies rallied in the second half of the game but could not overcome the Dawson squad. Mathilde Larochelle (left) paced the Lady Cheetahs with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Frédérique Potvin (right) notched 10 points for Vanier in the loss.

The ladies captured the Bronze medal on Sunday with a 77-67 win over Ste. Foy. Frédérique Potvin netted 17 points and Mathilde Larochelle and Shelby Eveleigh scored 13 points apiece as the ladies rebounded from Saturday’s setback. Natasha Raposo added 9 points and 8 rebounds to cap off a stellar season for the Lady Cheetahs, who were 18-2 in the regular season, finishing in second place.

Click for a larger photo of Frédérique Potvin
Frédérique Potvin



AAA LEAGUE AWARDS BANQUET
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Shelby Eveleigh

The Vanier hoopsters were also successful at the league awards banquet on Saturday night.

On the women’s side, Shelby Eveleigh (left) was named to the first all-star team while Frédérique Potvin made the second all-star team as well as capturing the league’s Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

Katie Eveleigh (right) won the team’s academic award.

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Katie Eveleigh

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Lenny Austin

For the Men’s Cheetahs, Lenny Austin (left) was named to the first all-star team and Jerome Blake made the second all-star team.

Jonathan Bermillo (right) was the team’s academic award recipient.

Congratulations to all of those honoured.

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Jonathan Bermillo



AA MEN

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Neil Ferguson

The Men’s AA hoopsters (7-8) clinched a playoff spot last Friday with a 96-64 win over Rosemont. The fourth place Cheetahs trailed 20-15 after the first quarter but turned it around to take a 47-36 advantage at the half. Neil Ferguson (left) topped Vanier with 16 points while Paul Marchand-Segui (right) and Jeffrey Duah tallied 14 points apiece in the win.

Chris Millard and Kevin Alcade each hit double figures in scoring with 13 and 11 points respectively as the Cheetahs complete the regular portion of their schedule with a road game this coming Sunday at Montmorency. Game time is 3:00 PM.

Click for a larger photo of Paul Marchand-Segui.
Paul Marchand-Segui


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