Outplayed in the Last Period, Stingers Fall to Bishop’s Gaiters in Provincial Semis
End of the Ride: Players Find Positives in “Topsy-Turvy” Season
The roller coaster season for the Concordia men’s basketball team finally ended with a thud this past weekend.
The Stingers dropped their semifinal game against the Bishop’s Gaiters by a score of 74-59 on Saturday, eliminating them from the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec conference playoffs.
“It was a tough loss,” said Stingers guard Mukiya Post, who was held to eight points in the game after scoring 30 or more in three of his last four games.
“It was quite disappointing for myself, I didn’t do my part.”
Despite matching the Gaiters nearly blow-for-blow for most of the game, the Stingers fell off in the fourth period, scoring only 10 points to the Gaiters’ 22.
“We did not do a good job of paying attention to detail, which cost us,” said Stingers head coach John Dore.
RSEQ defensive player of the year Zach Brisebois registered a double-double in his final game as a Stinger, scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Guard Jean-Andre Moussignac led all Stingers in scoring with 25 points in his final game with the team, and was recognized as the Stingers’ player of the game.
“Jean played a great game offensively, one of his better games,” Dore added.
“It’s nice for him to go out that way.”
After starting their 2013-2014 campaign with only one win in 11 pre-season contests, the Stingers went winless in their first three games of league play before going on a six-game winning streak.
But they ended their season with losses in six of their last eight games, including their last three games of the year.
Despite the topsy-turvy season for his team and himself, Post still sees some positives out of the now-completed campaign.
“We had a lot of highs and lows this season,” he said.
“The end result is disappointing, but we showed resilience by surpassing most people’s expectations.”
Next year Concordia will be without Moussignac, Brisebois and forward Taylor Garner, who will all be graduating at the end of the academic year. All three players won two conference titles during their time as Stingers.
“[I’m] just really proud of the way they went out,” said Dore.
In addition to losing their playoff experience, the Stingers understand that they will be losing key veterans whose influences were instrumental for the rest of the team.
“Losing those guys is huge,” said Post.
“They each played major roles—on the court, on and off, on the team.
“We will have to further come together as a team to fill that void.”
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