Cavaliers Capture Silver in Women’s Basketball

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The Champlain Cavaliers are the 2018-19 RSEQ Silver Medalists  – a first for the team and program since becoming a AAA/Division 1 team back in 2007. Before this past weekend, the team’s best finish was in 2015, where they won the provincial Bronze medal.

Semi-Finals (Champlain vs Sainte-Foy)

The Cavaliers finished 4th overall in the regular season, with a 9-5 record. After winning their 1/4-Final over Vanier (73-60), Champlain went up against #1 ranked, and 2019 CCAA Women’s Basketball host Sainte-Foy in the semi-finals.  The Cavaliers started out strong, hitting five 3-pointers in the 1st quarter and holding a 25-22 lead when the frame ended. Ste-Foy bounced back in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 21-6 and taking a commanding 43-31 lead into the 2nd half. The 3rd quarter saw the Cavaliers slowly chip away at Ste-Foy’s lead, with Joy Taan Tobias getting 9 more points from distance and Muteba Misenga taking care of the in close scoring in the paint. The Cavaliers defense imposed itself, allowing no field goals for the last 5 minutes of the game and only giving up 4 points from the line. Down by 2 with 15 seconds left, Taan Tobias hit the go ahead shot, from well beyond the 3-point arc, giving the Cavaliers a 1-point lead, but also a chance for Ste-Foy to reply. With incredible defense from Chelsea Henry, Ste-Foy tried twice to inbound but in both case were denied. The Cavaliers secured the win with 2 free throws and their berth to the finals against Dawson.

Player of the Game for the Cavaliers: Joy Taan Tobias

Finals (Champlain vs Dawson)

With a trip to the 2019 CCAA Nationals on the line, the Cavaliers were in tough against #2 ranked Dawson. The Cavaliers got off to a solid start, but the Blues soon pushed back and the Champlain was unable to keep pace with Dawson’s shooting and their ability to capitalize on the Cavalier’s turnovers. The Cavaliers were down 43-28 at the half. The 2nd half saw the Cavaliers’ play settle down and close Dawson’s lead to 6 points, but it was not enough at this point. Dawson extended their lead to 19 and the Cavaliers were able to keep pace but not cut into the difference substantially. In the end, the Cavaliers fell short, 75-60, and receive the silver medal. While it’s not the ending they wanted, the team was happy with their results but not satisfied. With a strong core returning for next season, the Cavaliers will be looking to add another page to their success for 2019-20.

Player of the Game for the Cavaliers: Joy Taan Tobias
2019 RSEQ Tournament All-Stars:  Joy Taan Tobias & Kenya Côté-Lysius

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