Incomplete Effort

Strong Fourth Quarter Not Enough For A Stingers Victory

Photo Leslie Schachter

McGill 63 Concordia 61

It took three quarters for the Concordia Stingers men’s basketball team to realize there was a game to be played last Friday night. And unfortunately for them, a strong fourth quarter wasn’t enough to get past the McGill Redmen.

“You can’t win a game in one quarter,” said Stingers head coach John Dore. “They deserved to win it, and we have to start showing up a lot earlier.”

Like their Jan. 24 matchup, this one started in McGill’s favour. The Redmen managed to control most of the game, holding big leads at the end of the first three quarters, like the 55-42 spread they had after 30 minutes. Redmen guard Simon Bibeau was on his A-game, scoring four three-pointers and leading his team with 14 points.

But the loss can be chalked up to more than just an impressive showing from the Stingers’ rivals.

“We were too far behind and missed the ability to come and take it,” said Stingers guard Kyle Desmarais, who had 11 points on the night.

Few could say otherwise. The Stingers were dismal from the field goal range in the first half, only scoring landing 28 per cent of their shots, and just two out of nine shots from the three-point range. The Redmen, meanwhile, sank 41 per cent of their shots and went three for six from downtown in that same half.

This would all change 34 seconds into the fourth, when the Stingers finally woke up.

“We started pressuring them more and also had more energy, scoring baskets and making steals,” said Evens Laroche who led his team in scoring with 13 points. “I think we should have done a better job of this earlier.”

It culminated in a three-minute run that saw the Stingers score 12 points to take the lead midway through the quarter.

“Their defense and pressure—it’s nothing we can see in our practices,” said Redmen head coach Dave DeAveiro. “We can’t simulate Concordia’s pressure.”

This momentum would carry on for the remainder of the quarter, but the Redmen ended any chance of a comeback when Bibeau scored a three-pointer with 81 seconds remaining in the game.

To make matters worse, Stingers guard Jean-Andre Moussignac limped off the court in the fourth with what appeared to be a lower body injury, but the team isn’t too concerned about it.

“It’s just a bad knee-to-knee bruise—likely muscle,” said Desmarais. “Nothing too serious.”

After cruising past the Laval Rouge et Or 74-59 last Saturday, the Stingers currently hold second place in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec standings with a 7-5 record. They’ll hope to regain the top spot when they travel to Lennoxville next Friday to take on the first-place Bishop’s University Gaiters. Tipoff is at 8:00 p.m.