by John Austen
There was no way they were going to go through an entire season without at least one win. The Concordia Stingers mens basketball team won its first game after eight straight losses, beating the Bishops Gaiters 60-55 at Concordia Gym last Saturday. Despite being down 32-29 at halftime the Stingers played hard, much to the delight of their faithful fans. A patient defence and strong half-court offence paved the way for the victory.
Forward Kurt MacAlpine and guard Gavin Musgrave led the way with 11 points each for the winners. Phil Langlois was also a going concern all afternoon for the Stingers, scoring six points. He also had five assists and a game-high five steals.
Women also win
Not to be outdone, the womens basketball team posted a 75-54 win over Bishops for its second straight win. Marie-Pier Veilleux led the way with 14 points, while Rose Douglas followed up with 12 points. The Stingers also posted a huge 68-67 win over the McGill Martlets last Thursday.
Against Bishops, strong Stinger performances also came from Kristina Steinfort (10 points) and Pascale Morin (12 points).
Figsbys boys stay alive
The Concordia mens hockey team kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Ryerson Rams 8-5 on Saturday afternoon. That win, coupled with RMCs win over McGill, meant the Stingers still have a mathematical chance of making it into the post season.
Luc Messier and Philippe Paris each scored two goals in the Stinger win.
Cagers add two
There are two new players this semester on the Concordia mens basketball team, Kurt MacAlpine and James Aubourg.
MacAlpine, 20, is a six-foot-six forward who was named as Concordias Athlete of the Week after just his first weekend of playing on the team. In five games he has 35 points.
A native of St. John, N.B., MacAlpine is studying management at Concordia. In 1999 he was a member of New Brunswicks provincial team. In high school, he was a first team all-star and an all-time leading scorer in New Brunswick.
Aubourg, also 20, is studying industrial engineering at Concordia. Aubourg was on the Stingers last year but had to take this past semester off. In his first five games of league play this semester, he scored 45 points and 18 rebounds.
Athletes of the week
Jessica Anderson, of the womens hockey team, and Gavin Musgrave, of the mens basketball team, were named Concordia Stinger athletes of the week for the period ending Jan. 27.
Anderson, a first-year goalie, stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 1-1 tie with the No. 2-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues on Jan. 27. A native of Beaconsfield, Anderson is studying history at Concordia.
Musgrave, a third-year guard, had 34 points in two games. On Jan. 25 in a 100-70 loss to the Laval Rouge et Or, he had 15 points and five rebounds and two days later in a 78-65 loss to the Bishops Gaiters he had 19 points, one rebound and two assists. The 23-year-old is a native of Montreal and is studying exercise science at Concordia.