In this week’s edition of the week that was for McGill Athletics the McGill Tribune Sports team looks at Gladyz Hakizimana and Sebastian Boyer, our athletes-of-the-week; Redmen basketball and Martlet basketball; as well as our weekly edition of by the numbers.
Beyond the box score
McGill dominated the Bishop’s Gaiters 94-68 in their season opener on Saturday in Lennoxville. Junior point guard Jenning Leung had a career high 29 points on 9-20 shooting and was complemented by third year shooting guard Dele Ogundokun’s double-double—he scored 21 points and reeled in 10 rebounds. McGill dominated Bishop’s in every aspect of the game—they never conceded a lead, they outrebounded the Gaiters 44-29, and shot an excellent 44.9 per cent from the field. McGill also won the turnover battle and outrebounded the Gaiters on the offensive glass 24-8, contributing to their lopsided victory. McGill will face rivals Concordia next weekend at Love Competition Hall on Nov. 19.
The Martlets also dominated Bishop’s in Lennoxville on Saturday, winning 70-44 and holding the Gaiters under 10 points in three of the quarters. Captain Diana Ros continued her excellent form, leading the team with 13 points. McGill never conceded the lead and were buoyed by an excellent overall shooting performance—they hit 44.8 per cent of their field goals and went 7-18 beyond the arc. McGill’s bench was also on fire—they outscored their opponent’s bench 36-13. On defence, they held the Gaiters to 30.2 per cent from the field and comfortably won the turnover battle 13-26. The No. 3 ranked Martlets will face the Concordia Stingers next week at Love Competition Hall.
Shooting Guard, Martlet Basketball
Freshman – Social Work
Rookie shooting guard Gladys Hakizimana came off the bench to post a career-high 12 points in the Martlets’ 70-44 win over Bishop’s on Saturday. In just 18 minutes of court time, Hakizimana went an efficient 4-for-7 from the floor while playing lockdown perimeter defence. The most impressive aspect of her game was is the ability to draw contact and get to the free-throw line. Hakizimana went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe. While she’ll be utilized as a bench sparkplug at the time being, her continued development will be crucial for the Martlets as she could crack the starting lineup at some point this season.
Back Row, Redmen Rugby
Freshman – Arts
Freshman Sebastien Boyer was the hero in the Redmen rugby team’s improbable comeback win against Montreal in the RSEQ Finals on Friday night. With his team down by six in extra time, the league’s Rookie-of-the-Year wiggled his way into space and dove just over the line for a game-tying try to set up a walk-off conversion from senior centre Thomas Stokes. Boyer’s try gave McGill its ninth rugby title in the last ten years, and helped the team avoid a heartbreaking loss in the Finals for a second straight year.
By the numbers
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(Photos courtesy of McGill Athletics)