Olivier Poirier defends a Dawson’s Blues attack in Cégep basketball play. Photo by Team Thunder.
“We came ever so close” said Head Coach Denis Carbonneau of the Cégep Gérald Godin men’s Gladiator basketball team. Playing at home the Godin men went down to a heart breaking defeat at the hands of the Dawson Blues. Trailing by six points and sometimes by ten the Gladiators came back late in the third period to tie the contest 57-57. Godin’s number four Marc-Olivier Jean, came off the bench early in the third period to spearhead his teams comeback with three three-pointers and six additional points. Jean-Bony Sanon was also productive on the evening as he contributed six third-period points to go along with his numerous other scores in the first two periods of the game. With less than two minutes remaining in the contest Gladiators Vincent Jalbert-Murray who led his team in scoring opportunities, rattled two off the rim to narrowly missing the chance to give his team the lead. However when the going got tough it was Godins inability to contain Dawsons Randolph Mardani and number eleven Terry Tamfu Ngala which cost them the game. Mardani playing at guard had an astonishing twenty nine points in the game while Tamfu Ngala chipped in with eighteen in Dawson’s 80-67 victory. Showing promise with a consistent effort, in spite of limited court time, was Gladiators Olivier Poirier. Poirier was particularly effective in the first period when he scored five points and had several offensive blocked shots. In addition it was Poirier along with Marc-Olivier Jean who ignited the third period Gladiator comeback that eventually fell just a bit short. Leading all Gladiators in the rebounding performance was Jean Bony Sanon with seven. Next up for the Ste. Geneviève team is an away game at Terrebonne followed by a home game on Friday December 2 versus Cégep André-Grasset at 8 p.m.