While most the country has completed their high school season and transitioned to club ball, one championship has yet to be decided on in Montreal, Quebec.
This weekend we’ll be in attendance from the quarter finals to the finals of the Ligue d’excellence Juvénile high school championships with some of the top 10th and 11th graders in the country under the scope.
Quebec’s basektball federation and the RSEQ have turned away from the archaic ways of the past 25 years to workout a regrouping system that fuses the top AA and AAA programs into one high level championship.
Moving forward there will be no mention of AA and AAA teams, this old classification system will no longer exist.
The new system is broken up into two conferences; Greater Montreal and Division 1, which is broken into two groups.
Coach Mike Chmliewski of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf commented on the new system and what it does for the level of play in Quebec.
“It’s added another level of excitement, a true indication of the top teams. There was a thing called the Quebec Cup before which assembled the top teams after they had one their respective championships from their division, but that didn’t last and this now brings the competition level up to its peak, it’s going to be an exciting weekend of basketball in Montreal.”
Henri Bourassa is the team favourited to win this Championship. They’re intense full court defence often flusters the opposition and makes them cough up the pill in trapped areas of the court. From their expect thunderous dunks from the Georges twins, Nudy and Judy as well as a major piece in Jerry Lapaix.
Henri Bourassa comes into the action holding a perfect season against high school teams with a 14-0 record. Tomorrow it’s all on the line in the quarter-finals against Saint-Laurent. Unlikely to be an upset, but the road from there is a dog fight.
If they happen to bump into Jeanne-Mance again that will be their toughest competition. In their last meeting, it went down to the wire, with Henri Bourassa taking it 89-87 in the Greater Montreal Conference Championship game.
Pépin, Guillaume who is a 6’5 wing that has started making his transition to the guard spot will be lacing up with Jean-de-Brébeuf. We are very intrigued to see how he develops down the line. He leads the Division I league in scoring and rebounding, averaging 26 ppg and 14.5 rbpg.
There are countless other prospects to learn about over the weekend. Stay tuned for full coverage of the Ligue d’excellence Juvénile Championship.
|Quarter Final||Fri||2015-04-03||12:00||É. sec. Dorval-Jean-XXIII||vs||Séminaire Saint-Joseph||É. sec. Saint-Laurent|
|Quarter Final||Fri||2015-04-03||12:00||Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf||vs||É. sec. Jeanne-Mance||Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf|
|Quarter Final||Fri||2015-04-03||14:00||É. sec. Jean-Grou||vs||É. sec. Brébeuf||Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf|
|Quarter Final||Fri||2015-04-03||16:00||É. sec. Saint-Laurent||vs||É. sec. Henri-Bourassa||É. sec. Saint-Laurent|
|Semi Final||Sat||2015-04-04||16:00||Gagnant Q-F 31||vs||Gagnant Q-F 34||É. sec. Saint-Laurent|
|Semi Final||Sat||2015-04-04||18:00||Gagnant Q-F 32||vs||Gagnant Q-F 33||É. sec. Saint-Laurent|
|Bronze||Sun||2015-04-05||16:30||Perdant D-F 35||vs||Perdant D-F 36||Collège Vanier|
|Championship||Sun||2015-04-05||16:45||Gagnant D-F 35||vs||Gagnant D-F 36||É. sec. Saint-Laurent|