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DIV. 1 MEN'S BASKETBALL CHEETAHS WIN AT PROVINCIALS!
TEAM BEATS DAWSON ON SUNDAY AFTER SEMI-FINAL WIN OVER STE-FOY ON SATURDAY
March 3, 2014


Basketball report by Coach Andy Hertzog

It gives me great pleasure to announce that your Vanier Cheetahs Division 1 men’s basketball team are 2013-14 Provincial champions! We beat Dawson on Sunday by a score of 77-67 in the Provincial final. The championship victory capped a very successful experience at the Provincials which were held this year at John Abbott.

First, at the league awards banquet for our Division 1 basketball teams that was held on Friday night, our very own Tevonn Walker was named a first team all-star and league Player of the Year. Also, Max Joseph was named to the 2nd all-star team. Jean-Daniel Mathieu won our Academic Achievement award, and Catherine Desbiens won that award for our women’s team. Congratulations to you all!

The championship win on Sunday followed a 61-55 victory in the semi-finals over Ste-Foy on Saturday. In that game, Tevonn Walker was named our Player of the Game. He had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Max Joseph had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, but he was hurt mid-way through the 3th quarter and his status for Sunday remained uncertain. Abdul Kamane had another “double double” with 10 points and 10 boards, and he added 3 assists. To see photos from the semi-finals VS Ste-Foy, click here.


Here are details of the championship win over Dawson on Sunday. Once again it was anything but easy. We started off the game terribly, and were behind 10-0 almost before we knew it. We were down 14-7 and then went on a 7-0 run to tie the game, and we were actually in the lead 18-16 after the first quarter. With the game tied at 18 we went on another 9-0 run to take control of the game, but foul trouble really hurt us and we ended up tied at 37 at halftime.

Dawson scored the first 4 points of the 3rd quarter, but then we went on another 11-2 run to take a lead we would not relinquish the rest of the way. We led 56-52 after 3 quarters, and then put the game away, taking a 17-point lead in the 4th quarter and cruising to a 10-point victory.

Our Player of the Game was Schneiders Suffrard, who had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and who also played tremendous defence.

Tevonn Walker was once again our leading scorer with 16 points, and added 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He was named MVP of the Provincials.

Abdul Kamane had another “double double” with 15 points and 12 boards, and added 3 assists. He was named to the tournament all-star team.

Max Joseph shrugged off the injury he suffered in the semifinal game and was outstanding for us – scoring 12 points and adding 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Justin Kinnear also excelled with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists.

I am so very proud of all our players, who have all contributed to what has been an outstanding season so far, and who have represented Vanier with honour and class.

The unsung heros of our championship have to be our fantastic Athletic Therapy staff, and particularly our head athletic therapist Max Hanna and our student therapist Phil Moussa, who took such great care of our guys all year long, and who performed a minor miracle with Max Joseph, enabling him to play today and to excel.

It was also great to see how much support we had at today’s game. Our fans were numerous and very vocal. Terrific to see so many alumni and players from the other sports teams. We really are one big family.

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Schneiders Suffrard

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Tevonn Walker

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Abdul Kamane
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Max Joseph

Finally I cannot possibly thank the rest of our coaching staff enough. They have been an absolute joy to work with all year long and have done a tremendous job. We could not possibly have gotten to where we are without each and every one of them.

Thank you to Keith Coffin, Mike Flannery and Nathan Grant, who kept us on the right track all year long and who have made the journey so pleasurable for me and for the players.

To see photos from the finals VS Dawson, click here.


UP NEXT: CCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, MARCH 12-15
So, now it’s off to Nationals in Squamish, British Columbia. This is our 3rd trip to nationals in the past 4 seasons, and we will be trying to repeat our championship of 2011. We are seeded 4th in the tournament and start on Thursday March 13 with a game VS 5th seeded Holland Hurricanes at 1:00pm.

All games can be viewed live on the Internet. Click for the full tournament web-streaming schedule. After we play Game #1, the only possible games in which we may be playing are Games #5, 7, 10, 12 and 13 depending on the outcomes. See all scenarios below.

Thursday March 13
Game #1 - Vanier Cheetahs vs Holland Hurricanes at 1:00pm.

Friday March 14
If we lose Game #1, we play in Game #5 at 1:00pm.
If we win Game #1, we play in Game #7 (semi-finals) at 6:30pm.

Saturday March 15
If we win Game #5, we play in Game #10 at 12:00pm
If we win Game #10, we play in Game #12, the Bronze Medal Match at 6:30pm.
If we lose in the semi-finals Game #7, we play in Game #9 at 10:00am
If we win Game #9, we play in Game #12, the Bronze Medal Match at 6:30pm.
If we win in the semi-finals Game #7, we play in Game #13, the Gold Medal Match at 8:30pm.

Click for more on our Division 1 Men's Basketball team.


DIVISION 2 MEN'S BASKETBALL

Finally, congratulations go out to our men’s Division 2 basketball team, which improved its league record to 10-4 with a 70-65 win last night against previously unbeaten Brébeuf. Scoring details are not yet available. The team will next play a road game at Vieux-Montréal on March 6th at 7:30 PM.

Click for more on our Division 2 Men's Basketball team.

Best regards,
Andy Hertzog

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