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Dear Alumni & Friends,
It was an exciting and memorable weekend for our men’s Division 1 basketball team, which travelled to Ste-Foy for the Provincial championships.
Our semifinal game was against Brebeuf, which was ranked 5th in the country and which had beaten us 5 times in a row, including in last year’s playoffs. Our players came out determined not to let history repeat itself, putting in a great defensive effort, as we led 10-8 after the first quarter and 28-20 at halftime. We maintained the lead and were ahead 42-34 going into the final period. We were up by 11 with just over 3 minutes remaining, but Brebeuf hit 3 long 3’s to close the gap, and we held on to win 60-57. Our leading scorer was Godsman Kwakwah with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 steals. He was named our Player of the Game by the tournament committee. Ibrahim Ngom also scored in double figures, tallying 11 points to go with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Arnaud Boyer Cillis and Etienne Simard added 9 and 7 points respectively.
So, we moved onto the final, where we faced another stiff challenge, the defending champion and number 3 ranked Montmorency Nomades. Our team came out fighting hard and took an early lead once again, leading to a 22-14 advantage after the first quarter. We increased the lead to 11 early in the second frame, but the Nomades came back and narrowed the deficit to 35-31 at the half. Montmorency hit 3 straight 3’s to take the lead at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, and opened up a 14-point lead, only to have us reduce our deficit to 7 after 3 quarters. We continued our comeback and narrowed the deficit to a mere 2 points in the 4th, but we wore down and made some costly mistakes, leading to a 85-71 loss. Our leading scorer was Etienne Simard with 14 points, and he was named our Player of the Game by the tournament committee. Quarry Whyne and Arnaud Boyer Cillis also scored in double figures, with 12 and 10 points respectively. Jahfari Coulombe had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Godsman Kwakwah had 5 points and 11 boards.
Godsman Kwakwah and Etienne Simard were names to the provincial tournament all-star team. Congratulations to both players.
Our men’s Division 2 team ran their season record to 11-5 with an 83-75 win against Outaouais.
Although the disappointment of the loss tonight in the championship final is still very fresh in my mind, it was nevertheless a very successful and satisfying season for our men’s Division 1 team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank some people who helped us accomplish so much this year, beginning with my terrific assistant coaches Olivier Dupiton, Feras Saaida and Mike Flannery, who all did a terrific job all season long. Special thanks also go out to Keith Coffin, who helped us out the final couple of weeks of the season and who made a great impact in a short time period. Our head athletic therapist Max Hanna and our student therapist Joe Bondoc did a great job taking care of our players. Our Coordinator of Athletics, Mai-Anh Nguyen was a constant source of support and helped our team in so many ways. Thanks so mush to all of you.
Finally, I want to thank all our players, and especially our 8 graduating players, Arnaud Boyer Cillis, Jahfari Coulombe, Godsman Kwakwah, Djibril Ngom, Ibrahim Ngom, Leon Ortizo, Karim Sabban and Etienne Simard. We went through a lot together the past 3 years, and I was privileged to see them develop as players and to grow into fine young men of whom the entire Cheetah family can be very proud.