The 2013-14 RSEQ Division 1 Basketball regular season came to a close on Friday night as the Cavaliers played host to John Abbott College and took home the two victories.
The Women’s team, going into the game with an 11-4 record, was already guaranteed a play-off spot but were looking to finish in 3rd place and getting a better match-up for the quarter finals. The team got off to a slow start, missing in close and with their outside shooting off. Abbott was able to capitalize and keep the game close, with the Cavaliers taking a not reassuring 28-22 lead at half-time. The 2nd half saw the Cavaliers take control of the game, outscoring Abbott 44-25. The Cavaliers took the win with a final of 72-47. Senior Jeanne Gaumont led with 16 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Rookies Cindy Laliberté, Katrina Dosado and senior Cassandre Legault all scored in the double-digits, while senior Isabelle Dion had 12 big rebounds. The win has the Cavaliers lock up 3rd place – their best regular season finish ever. The team now preps to play host to 6th place Nouvelles-Frontières on Tuesday at 7:00 PM here at Champlain. A win on Tuesday would propel the team to play at John Abbott in the RSEQ Division 1 College Basketball Provincials next weekend.
On the men’s side, the Cavaliers were coming off of a tight 65-63 win over Dawson last week and looking to end their season with a four-game winning streak. The team had lost two games to John Abbott this season and were looking for redemption in front of their home crowd. With a quick pace to start off the game, the Cavaliers took control for the 1st half and went into the break with a 12 point lead, 39-27. The start of the 2nd half continued with the Cavaliers taking a bigger lead, but John Abbott pushed back, reducing the Cavaliers lead to 8 points. The boys turned the tide in the 4th when senior, Alex Paquin, knocked back 4 consecutive 3-pointers, stopping any momentum that John Abbott had had. The Cavaliers took the game, wining 76-56. Paquin had 18 points, followed by rookies Nicky Noble (16 points) and Tijani Umar (14 points). Senior Sébastien Denault finished the night with 11 rebounds. Although the guys won’t be playing in the play-offs, they showed tremendous courage and heart this season, especially during the past few weeks, and that effort and determination bodes well for the 2014-15 season.