Photo credit Freestyle Photography / Courtesy of
Carleton University sports information office
OTTAWA (CIS) – The fourth-seeded Windsor Lancers earned a chance to play for fifth place at the CIS men’s basketball championship thanks to a 79-74 win over the No. 8 Université du Québec à Montréal Citadins in the second consolation semifinal, Saturday afternoon, at Scotiabank Place.
Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb
The OUA finalist Lancers, who lost 71-68 against No. 5 Saskatchewan in Friday’s quarter-final round, face No. 2 Cape Breton on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the consolation final.
The Quebec champion Citadins, who fell 83-72 to defending national champion Carleton on opening day, return home with an 0-2 record.
“We didn’t change much from last game, but the guys were more relaxed and calm,” said Windsor head coach Chris Oliver. “I’m just happy our seniors have another game. (Andre) Smyth energized us all game and was by far, our best player.”
Fourth-year forward Isaac Kuon of Mississauga, Ont., scored a
game-high 19 points for Windsor, while fourth-year guard Andre
Smyth of Windsor was named Lancers player of the match following a
solid 11-point, 13-rebound performance.
Fifth-year senior Nigel Johnson-Tyghter of Brampton, Ont., with 14 points, and freshman Enrico Diloreto of London, Ont., with 11, also scored in double figures in the win.
Game-MVP honours for UQAM went to fourth-year guard Arthaud Plesius of Laval, Que., who paced the Citadins with 16 points.
Forward Jules Diagne, a native of Rome, Italy, and Montrealer Justin Thierry added 12 points apiece.
A tightly-contested first half saw the opening quarter end 17-16 in favour of Windsor and the two teams retreat to the locker room at halftime tied at 40 all.
The Lancers led most of the way until UQAM made it a 27-27 affair with four minutes left before the break thanks to back-to-back three-point shots, the second one by Plesius.
The Citadins held a slim 40-38 advantage until their OUA rivals tied it in the dying moments.
The see-saw battle resumed in the third quarter as Windsor regained the lead early before the Citadins slowly came back to go up 55-52 on a pair of free throws by Thierry and a layup by Adil El Makksoud, sophomore of from Morocco.
The Lancers responded with a 7-0 run capped off by a three-pointer from Kuon and were up 59-57 after 30 minutes.
In the fourth, the lead changed hands seven times, with Windsor going ahead for good with three minutes to go when Smyth hit a pair of free throws to make it 68-67.
Windsor shot 43.3% from the field, 40% from three-point range and 58.6% from the charity stripe, compared to success rates of 39.7%, 32% and 59.3% for UQAM.
Points: Isaac Kuon (19), Nigel Johnson-Tyghter (14), Andre Smyth (11), Enrico Diloreto (11)
Rebounds: Andre Smyth (13), Justin Wiltshire (8)
Assists: Josh Collins (3)
Milk player of the game: Andre Smyth
Points: Arthaud Plesius (16), Jules Diagne (12), Thierry Justin (12)
Rebounds: Olivier Hudon (9), Éric Côté-Kougnima (6)
Assists: Éric Côté-Kougnima (5)
Milk player of the game: Arthaud Plesius
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Friday, March 19
Quarter-final #1: Calgary 82, Cape Breton 74
Quarter-final #2: UBC 79, Lakehead 58
Quarter-final #3: Saskatchewan 71, Windsor 68
Quarter-final #4: Carleton 83, UQAM 72
Saturday, March 20
Consolation #1: Cape Breton 87, Lakehead 65
Consolation #2: Windsor 79, UQAM 74
17:00 Semifinal #1: No. 7 Calgary vs. No. 3 UBC (TSN2)
19:00 Semifinal #2: No. 5 Saskatchewan vs. No. 1 Carleton (TSN2)
Sunday, March 21
16:00 Consolation final (5th place): No. 2 Cape Breton vs. No. 4 Windsor (SSN Canada)
18:30 Championship final (TSN2)