I’m so proud of this team even if it’s not the expected result. I love this group and the organization, James Derouin has done a lot of work to create a family atmosphere in a very short timesaid center player Zena Edosomwan after the match.
Acting head coach of the capital team, James Derouin was a little emotional at the end of his first season as a professional.
I don’t know if it’s always like that, but I only remember the positivehe said, sharing a knowing laugh with Edosomwan.
I hope to be back, but that will be decided over the next few months.
The Ottawans had however come out like a lion at 1er quarter to take a 20-12 lead after 10 minutes. Canada’s top team managed to close the lead in the next quarter, but Hamilton was still trailing 37-34 at halftime.
However, it was the Honey Badgers who led by two points after 30 minutes of play, when the score was 57-55 in favor of the visitors. They were still ahead by the mark of 67-60 when the target score of 76 was set under the rule of ” Elam Ending “.
Carried by the encouragement of the crowd, the BlackJacks fought until the last second, but they ultimately lacked resources against a team from Hamilton who knew how to confirm their status as favorites.
” Fans have only grown in number throughout the season. They have been amazing and we appreciate their support. They created a fun environment tonight, especially late in the game. »
A simply superior opponent
It should be noted that the Honey Badgers have several winners of the gala of the LCBin their ranks. Caleb Agada, a former uOttawa Gee-Gees, was named Canadian Player of the Year earlier this week. It was he who scored the winning basket on a free throw.
If it had to be someone, I’m glad it was himrecognized James Derouin, his former coach at the university level.
In addition, his teammate Koby McEwen was voted best sixth man while Ryan Schmidt earned the title of coach of the year.
We do not accept defeat regardless of the score. I know that my teammates will always do what is necessary to go for the victoryMcEwen explained after the match.
Remember that James Derouin’s men had a disappointing season, finishing 8are out of 10 teams with a record of 8 wins and 12 losses. Despite everything, the BlackJacks were automatically qualified for the four aces even before the start of the season as the host team of the tournament.
The Ottawa team nevertheless ended its season on a three-game winning streak, including one against the Honey Badgers.
: ça c’est notre type de basketball”,”text”:”C’était probablement une bonne chose qu’on ait perdu contre eux la dernière fois. Ça nous a permis de voir où étaient nos faiblesses contre eux. Ils sont les seuls à avoir marqué plus de 100 points contre nous cette saison, mais ce soir on les à limiter à 72 points : ça c’est notre type de basketball”}}”>It was probably a good thing we lost to them last time. It allowed us to see where our weaknesses were against them. They are the only ones to have scored more than 100 points against us this season, but tonight we limit them to 72 points: that’s our type of basketballunderlined Mr. Schmidt.
In the other semi-final, Friday afternoon at TD Place, the Scarborough Shooting Stars came from behind to win 93-81 over the Niagara River Lions. Jalen Harris and Kameron Chatman led the charge for the winners with 22 points apiece.
The Honey Badgers have an appointment with the Shooting Stars on Sunday afternoon, starting at 4 p.m. at TD Place, to compete for the title of grand champions of this 2022 season of the LCB.