Gladiators’ Jean-François Rolland-Leclerc drives to basket in CEGEP basketball play on the night that the CEGEP Gérald Godin welcomed the inauguration of their new electronic scoreboard as shown in this photograph. Photo by Team Thunder.
When the Sorel-Tracy men’s CEGEP Rebelles basketball team got off the bus in anticipation of a game versus the Gérard Godin Gladiators, they were only seven players. “First semester graduations have left us short-handed,” said Rebelles Jean Michel Houle. However later in the evening when the smoke had cleared, they only needed three players as the visiting Rebelles scored a convincing win over the hometown Gladiators. Rebelles Xavier Ferland-Jette, Eric Lavallée et Jean Michel Houle accounted for 30 of the Rebelles 31 first-half points and then went on to add another 30 in the last two periods to lead their side to victory. For the Gladiators who only trailed by 9 at the end of the first but by thirty at the end of the third, the story of their game was their inability to score in the paint or consistently from the rim. Gladiators Marc-Olivier Jean had 20 scoring opportunities but only had 12 points. Alain Angibeau led all Gladiators with 13 points. Gladiators’ ace players Olivier Poirier and Vincent Jalbert Murray combined were held to a total of 14 points as Rebelles defensive star of the game Jacques Oliver Richer pressed the Gladiators game at mid court and forced the Gladiators dynamic duo in to making quick decisions which resulted in too many turnovers in favour of the Rebelles. The shoot and run offence involving Vincent Jalbert Murray, Paul Marc Girard, Oliver Poirier and Amin Tran among others that had been so successful in a recent victory over Valleyfield was non-existent in this match. Next up at home for the Gladiators will be a Friday Mar. 2 contest when Terrebonne will visit. Game time will be 8 p.m. Spectators are welcome.