NPH Top Performers
- Alexandre Bernard- 27 pts (8-12 FG), 10 rbs, 4 stl
- Gregory St-Amand- 17 pts, 8rbs, 6 ast
- Richard Addai- 15 pts, 3 rbs, 3 ast
- Kyrie Coleman- 19 pts (9-15 FG) 14 rbs, 3ast, 2stl
- Tremaine Fraser- 12 pts, 4 ast
WATERLOO, ON–UQAM entered the Waterloo Warriors Naismith tournament with a few pre-season losses under their belt in a forgettable showing in New Brunswick. However, the tides look to be turning in the Citadins favour as they have fought for two victories against the York Lions and Waterloo Warriors.
UQAM will play a final game in Waterloo, taking on the UNBC timberwolves of the CanWest conference.
“We’re improving and that’s what we needed to do…it’s the reason we’re playing in so many tournaments; this is what this tournament is offering us,” explained UQAM Head Coach, Olga Hrycak.
A consistent trend that has developed for UQAM over this tournament is the combination of Richard Addai (5’11 senior PG) and Alexandre Bernard (6’5 junior forward). While Addai has done a solid job of distributing and scoring from the perimeter, Bernard has been a problem for opposing teams inside due to his strength and athleticism.
In both of their games thus far, they have done a great job of closing out the fourth quarter with key buckets and game changing plays. Bernard is averaging at least two dunks per game, igniting the team with energy, and Addai has hit multiple shots in the closing minutes to seal the deal.
Gregory St-Amand (6’4 senior small forward) has also been a key contributor, averaging over 15 per game, while helping out on the glass.
“Last year we lost to Concordia by 30, and we haven’t forgot that,” Alexandre Bernard told NPH. “It’s still in our heart,” added UQAM lead guard Richard Addai.
The Concordia Stingers, who were in a battle of their own across the street against Wilfred Laurier, certainly looked like a primary contender in the RSEQ, and coach Hrycak agreed.
“Concordia is tough, I think they are the team to beat in our conference.”
In the meantime, The UQAM Citadins will focus on earning their third victory against UNBC, in hopes of leaving Waterloo with an undefeated 3-0 record.