SHERBROOKE, Que. (from Bishop’s Gaiters) – Conference-leading scorer Abdul Kamane (Montreal) scored 20 points and freshman Nervens Demosthene (Terrebonne, Que.) added 19 for the Bishop’s Gaiters but it was not enough as the Concordia Stingers beat the hosts 79-74 on Saturday in Mitchell Gym in RSEQ men’s university basketball.
Ten of Kamane’s 20 points came in the fourth quarter as the Gaiters tried to close out the Stingers. The effort fell short as six Stingers scored in double figures to secure the win.
Concordia was led by Ken Beaulieu’s double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Jonathan Koud and Sami Ghandour each had 12 points while Ricardo Monge, Adrian Armstrong and Mathis Guerut chipped in with 10 apiece.
The Stingers led 23-19 after the first quarter but the Gaiters answered back to even the score at 42 at halftime.
Both teams tightened up the defence in the third as Concordia grabbed a slight 58-55 lead heading into the final stanza.
In the fourth, the teams traded blows. Bishop’s led by as much as five points with just under nine minutes to play. However, Concordia refused to let the boisterous crowd of 488 Gaiter-supporters take over the game. They replied with a 15-5 run to grab their own five-point advantage. Bishop’s chipped away but were unable to even the score and Concordia snuck out with a 79-74 victory, their third of the year over the Gaiters.
Jonah Fogg (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) was the only other Gaiter in double figures with 10 while David Belanger (Sherbrooke, Que.) grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with eight points.
“We stopped moving the ball on offence,” said Gaiters head coach Rod Gilpin on what made the difference down the stretch. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds and had some turnovers at key points that really hurt us.
“I think our guys played very well, they battled just like on Thursday. We are definitely getting better, I like where we are going. Our new guys are fitting in well and I think with a couple more weeks of practice we can be tough in February.”
The loss drops Bishop’s to 2-7 as they sit a half game behind the UQAM Citadins (2-6). Concordia moves to 5-3 on the year, tied with Laval (5-2) in the win column. McGill continues to lead the conference with a 7-1 record.
Next up the Gaiters play host to the McGill Redmen in the front-end of a home-and-home series at 8 p.m. ET Friday in Mitchell Gym. The game is part of the annual #BellLetsTalk initiative to raise awareness about mental health.