Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
by John Austen
John Dore knew his team was better than its record earlier in the season.
The head coach of the Concordia Stingers mens basketball team saw
his troops sputter out of the gate before the Christmas break, going winless
in their first three game.
The Stingers, who failed to make the playoffs last year, upset Laval
93-90 in the series opener, played last week in Ste. Foy. With the opportunity
to put their opposition away in game two March 6, the Stingers were the
victim of a second-half meltdown, as Laval roared back with a 56-55 win
at Concordia Gym.
Game three wasnt close as the undermanned Stingers were dumped
76-56 last Saturday in Ste. Foy. It was the third straight league title
for the Rouge et Or.
Concordia found itself down 43-20 at halftime as Lavals offence
was clicking on all cylinders. By contrast, the Stingers offence went
south, hitting less than 40 per cent of their shots from the floor.
They also failed to score a single three-point shot in the game. Meanwhile,
Laval scored seven three-pointers in the first half alone.
The Stingers tried to make a game of it, pulling to within 17 points
in the second half, but that was as close as they would get. Philippe
Langlois and Gavin Musgrave led Concordia in scoring, with 14 and 10 points
It was a tough day for the Stingers Daniel Lacasse, who used to
play for Laval before transferring to Concordia. The six-foot-10 centre
managed only one point and four rebounds and was booed every time he touched