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Road To Final 8: Stingers survive massive Rouge et Or scare advance to RSEQ finals

Stingers point guard Kyle Desmarais knocked down one of two pressure cooker free-throws (missing the second one to run out the clock) with two seconds remaining in regulation to help the Concordia Stingers come from four points down at 65-61 with less than two minutes to play and defeat the Laval or Rouge et Or 66-65 and advance to the RSEQ Conference finals against the UQAM Citadins who defeated the Mgill Redmen 75-72.

The Rouge et Or blew the game by turning the rock over four times in the last two minutes and were whistled for a questionable call by the baseline official underneath the Concordia basket which put Kyle Desmarais at the free-throw line with the game knotted up at 65-65.

The Stingers stingy defense held Laval to just 14 points in the opening-quarter and to grab leads of 21-14 after one quarter and a 39-34 half-time advantage.

The Rouge et Or put the choke hold on the Stingers potent offense holding them to just 9 points over the third period and pulled ahead 54-47.

A 7-0 run to begin final period by Laval extended the lead to a game-high 59-47 as Concordia continue to struggle to get anything going in the half-court.

Evans Laroche the 2012 RSEQ BasketballBuzz Player-of-the-Year rose to the occasion and started the Stingers comeback by scoring the next seven points to cut the Laval deficit to single-digits at 59-54 with under seven minutes left as the packed house at BeeHive rose to their feet.

Evans Laroche lead the Stingers in the scoring department with 17 points and four rebounds.

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Etienne Labrecque was the top marksmen for the Rouge et Or with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.

RSEQ Boris Hadzimuratovic freshmen of the year was active in the backboards by pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds to along with 14 points.

Laval pounded the shorter Stingers on the glass to the tone of 63-39.

Both teams shot the poorly with Stingers shooting only 34.2% (27/79) and Laval 32.9% (23/70).

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