Here’s the latest news from Division 1 Men’s Basketball Head Coach Andy Hertzog:
Both of our Vanier D1 basketball teams took part in local tournaments this weekend.
Our women’s team was a perfect 4-0 at the SLAM Summer Challenge, beating A Game (Toronto) 46-26, and then beating the Provincial U17 teams of PEI, New Brunswick and Newfoundland by scores of 56-45, 52-46 and 54-35.
The Lady Cheetahs next traveled to Vermont where they went 1-2 at the Lone Wolf Summer Shootout in front of NCAA D1 & D2 coaches. Here are the specifics as reported on their Facebook page:
Game #1: Senior Deborah Aboagye dominated throughout the game, impacting the game in various ways to lead the Cheetahs to a win against the New England Crusaders. She finished with 21 points & 4 blocks.
Game #2: The second game was a rough one. After starting the first half well, the team struggled to score throughout the rest of the game, which resulted in a lopsided victory for the home team Lone Wolf Athletics.
Game #3: The third game came down to the wire, but unfortunately the Cheetahs came up short, loosing by 2 to Mass Frenzy. Senior Jessica Salanon & first year Penelope Castillo both played well throughout the game.
Great day of exposure for our players!
Our men’s team took part in the Saint Laurent Express tournament. Our first game wasn’t much of a contest, as we led Ottawa Next Level 2 by a score of 36-12 after the first quarter, and rolled on to a 126-64 win. We had 7 players score in double figures led by Pier-Olivier Racine with 23 points. Karim Mané had 21 points, Josh Koulamallah had 17, Nginyu Ngala and Josh Mein had 16 each and Khalfa Koulamallah added 12.
Our second game figured to be much tougher, as we took on Brébeuf, which has been one of the top team in our league the past few seasons and which will likely be one of our top competitors this coming season. This game went back and forth for a while. We led 23-19 after the first quarter, but trailed 42-38 at halftime. We started the second half strong, taking a 12-point lead, but our opponents narrowed the gap and we led only 62-57 after 3 quarters. We began the final period on another run, opening up a 20-point advantage, and finally winning 86-68. Once again we had balanced scoring, with 6 players in double figures – Karim Mané had 14 points, Steeve Joseph, Josh Koulamallah, Nginyu Ngala and Haris Elezovic had 11 each and Pier-Olivier Racine chipped in with 10.
We advanced to the semifinal game against Team EM, a collection of older players, including 2 recent all-stars from our league and some former university players, along with some others. Unfortunately, for some reason we seemed very sluggish, particularly in the first half. We trailed 23-18 after the first quarter, fell behind by 10 in the second quarter and were down 42-37 at halftime. We trailed by as many as 15 in the 3rd quarter before cutting the deficit to 72-65 going into the final period. We fell behind by 12 once again in the 4th quarter, but then came back and were down only 83-82 with under 4 minutes left, but our opponents then hit 3 straights 3’s to put the game away, and we ended up losing 97-85. Our leading scorer was Josh Koulamallah with 23 points. Karim Mané had 21. Pier-Olivier Racine and Haris Elezovic added 15 and 12 points respectively.
Finally, our Vanier Division 1 men’s basketball team played an exhibition game on the night of Tuesday, July 3rd against the New Brunswick Provincial U17 team, at Saint Laurent High School. For the second straight game we started sluggishly, trailing 9-2 to open the contest and 23-20 after the first quarter. We started off the second quarter on a 22-3 run to take control of the game, and we led 44-28 at halftime. We continued adding to our advantage in the second half and eventually won by a score of 89-46. Our leading scorer was Haris Elezovic with 15 points. Steeve Joseph and Josh Koulamallah had 14 points each and Pier-Olivier Racine added 12.
We will close out the summer at the Buzzer Beater Classic tournament in New Jersey the last weekend of July.