Blues look for top four seed after defeating Sainte-Foy
by Anna Frey
The AAA Men’s Basketball team pulled ahead of the Sainte-Foy Dynamiques in a tight home game Sunday afternoon, as they moved closer to securing a playoff position.
The Blues held a near-constant lead throughout the entire game and ended with a 60-50 win which put them in fourth place.
With only the top six teams qualifying for the playoffs in March, this was a defining match for The Blues.
“I say we’re in,” said forward Brian Ofori.
The first quarter saw the Blues holding a steady lead, with point guard Chris Joseph shooting a tough three-pointer from right outside the three-point line. The Dynamiques came back strong from an eight-point deficit in the last minute and a half, as the quarter ended with the Blues holding on to a 15-12 lead.
The Dynamiques managed to tie it up during the second quarter, but the Blues refused to give them the lead, as point guard Junior Fèquière helped to score the six points that kept his team on top, as the Blues ended the first half with a 28-22 lead.
“Junior plays hard all the time,” explained Blues head coach Wayne Yearwood. “He’s never out of a play.”
The 17-year-old first semester student scored 24 points in the game, one of which was a crucial three-pointer in the third quarter.
Both teams returned to the court after half time with renewed determination. By the five-minute mark the Blues led 34-29, with Fèquière scoring five points in 30 seconds.
Sainte-Foy rallied in the final quarter and brought the score up to a close 53-49, but the Blues kept their heads high and maintained their lead, scoring seven points to win the game 60-50.
While this was a big game for the Blues, forward Bawe Nsame said that the pressure didn’t affect the team.
“We weren’t nervous, we knew we had to come out strong,” he said after the game.
Even with talks of the playoffs, Coach Yearwood thinks his team isn’t living up to their potential this season.
“We’ve been up, down, all over the place,” he said, “We’re definitely a work in progress.”
The Blues continue their hunt for a playoff spot Feb. 11 at Vanier College.