The Verdun Auditorium was packed. The atmosphere was electric. The crowd is completely crazy. And the Alliance won it 80-70. It’s hard to ask for more for the new franchise’s first-ever home game.
“First game at home, atmosphere like that… Just having the win, it’s sick for me. I don’t even know what to say,” said Quebecois Kemy Ossé, all smiles, after the match.
Led by a stunning Dominic Green with 36 points, Vincent Lavandier’s men showed the Scarborough Shooting Stars, the 3,500 fans in the Auditorium, and an attentive Chris Boucher on the bench what fire they were having.
The ground shook as Ossé hit the missing basket to reach the 79-point target set by the Elam rule, sealing the match. The building was also slow to empty thereafter, as Alliance players were asked for autographs and photos.
It was the best moment of my basketball career.
The organization of Alianza had prepared a great presentation before the game. Introduced one by one by the house announcer, the players appeared on the field in a cloud of smoke. The already enthusiastic public gave them a welcome worthy of a full house.
And she didn’t die during the game. You had to see her reaction when Dominic Green made her first of five 3-pointers.
“It was amazing,” the 25-year-old American said. There is nothing more to ask for as a basketball player. When they bring energy, it feeds you. It allows you to go even harder every day. »
in two times
Like Wednesday in Hamilton, an 80-72 loss to the Honey Badgers, the game was a two-part game for the Alliance. Perhaps a little nervous, the team trailed 45-37 at the halfway point and was dominated by former Raptors Jalen Harris and teammate Kyle Alexander, who between them had 21 points.
“I think in the first half of the game we attacked very well, but with a disastrous percentage,” head coach Vincent Lavandier said. […] I just told the players at halftime that they could put even more energy on defense, and pick up more pace on offense to have better shooting performance. »
They got the message. To the sound of breaking defending From the crowd that rallied in the Auditorium as the Shooting Stars got the ball, Lavandier’s troops came from behind with six unanswered baskets early in the third quarter. So he was leading 49-47 after five minutes of play.
He faced the rest of the match with courageous energy to win 80-70. And yes, the “hehehehehehehe” were heard.
“The coach does an excellent job with us to try our best in training,” explained Kemy Ossé. We were at that moment, where our legs were dead but we had to give that second push. This is exactly what happened today. »
Ossé, who scored 12 points, including 7 in the last four minutes, praised the work of Dominic Green.
“He kept us in the game,” he said. He is the one who won the game. He and Alain Louis. Alain came with the energy from him and pushed. We veterans just finished. »
The coach, for his part, described the American’s performance as “normal”.
“He is a very talented player but he needs to work a lot on his defense,” he explained. He knows. I tell him: your game is good, but I expect more. I’m a bit picky about talented players, so that’s normal. I didn’t even know he scored 36 points. It’s a good thing for him, but I think against Hamilton it wasn’t the case. So he has to work. »
Several visitors drew attention wto ittoe walls of the Verdun Auditorium. First, NBA players Chris Boucher and Luguentz Dort. Then popular rapper J Cole, who is playing for the Scarborough Shooting Stars this season. Several eyes fell on him during the pre-match warm-up.
“It’s really good for the league,” Ossé said of him. When J Cole signed, all the tickets were sold out [dans la ligue]. It also shows how big this league is. Just the fact that he wants to play in the league means a lot. »
“I have a lot of respect for him to come out and play,” Dominic Green said. He plays against the professionals. He gave the effort, he played 100%, it wands as great to see that. »
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