McGill wins despite 4th quarter flurry


McGill v. Windsor                    McGill 77 – Windsor 69

October 17, 2010

Top Performers

McGill: Simon Bibeau                                Windsor: Isaac Kuon

Pts: 31, Reb: 5, Ast: 0, Stl: 1, Min: 30        Pts: 25, Reb: 4, Ast: 2, Stl: 1, Min: 35


McGill wins despite 4th quarter flurry


 Ottawa,ON–McGill looked desperate, yet composed as they took to the floor on the last day of the tournament. McGill head coach David DeAveiro said, “It’s important for us to get a win but also to get a couple guys out there some time to work together.” The Redmen got off to a good start with a 12-6 lead before Simon Bibeau knocked down back-to-back treys. Lancers forward Andre Smyth also got in on the action with a three pointer of his own. McGill seems to be shooting better and playing tighter defense.

Oliver Bouchard gets into the paint and drives through twice, freezing his defender and bigger post players in the lane. The Redmen finish the first quarter up 22-15. During the break the players and coaches for Windsor separate and have their own time-out huddles.

McGill is working well in their offensive sets with passing from Michael White, a spin move through the lane by Tristan Renaud-Tremblay and more consistent shooting by Bouchard and Bibeau for the Redmen backcourt. Enrico Diloretto hits a three for the Lancers but they aren’t setting up their plays on offense with the effectiveness that the Redmen are displaying. McGill leads 41-27 going into halftime.

After the half, Isaac Kuon is shooting well early and Oliver Bouchard is still getting down low into the lane with ease. Philip Lien is having a frustrating game and shows his emotions with an unsportsmanlike foul on McGill centre Greg Gause who hit both free throws. McGill is passing well and working as a team and Windsor coach shouts to his team “I don’t know why anyone’s pissed off at them” while McGill continues to be patient in setting up plays with good spacing and looking for a good shot. Most of these shots go to sharpshooter Simon Bibeau who has five three-pointers after three quarters. McGill finishes the quarter up nineteen, 59-40 with a dunk out of a half-court set for foreign import (from America) Winn Clark.

Monty Hardware opened the scoring with a three pointer before Simon Bibeau hustled for a loose ball to force a turnover on Enrico Diloretto who received a technical foul in the aftermath of the play. This seemed to fire up his Lancers however with three point shooting from Kuon, Hardware and Josh Collins. Bibeau increased his efforts hitting free throws, drives through the lane and three pointers. During this effort, Bibeau gets knocked in a hustle for the ball and holds his bleeding nose before the game can continue. Isaac Kuon finessed in a couple of baskets plus the foul, while Hardware shouts “C’mon, game-time! Let’s go! Game-time!” displaying vocal leadership. The score is tied at 69 with 1:20 remaining.

In the final minute, McGill seals the game hitting six of six free throws while Windsor misses a pair of three pointers. McGill escapes a torrid rally by Windsor and comes away with a much-needed win 77-69. Simon Bibeau finishes the game with a tournament-high 31 points and after the game he reflects on the team’s efforts and his perseverance, “the nose, it’s okay, still bleeding a little bit” but “it feels awesome to get a win. Show we can compete against the best, especially a tough team like them.” The win was sweet for Coach DeAveiro after “two tough losses. We knew we would be going up against three of the potential top fifteen teams in Canada.” He described the end of the game “we knew Windsor would fight back. We had to take good shots, but we’re not used to playing with a lead yet.” Winsdor finishes the tournament with the lone win coming in their first game against Victoria.




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