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January 21, 2019 | Basketball (M)

George Lengvari (centre) presents the Cup. Photo - Derek Drummond

Stingers win Lengvari Cup, dominate basketball rivals

The Concordia Stingers men's basketball team swept back-to-back games versus the McGill Redmen last week, including the prestigious inaugural George Lengvari Cup, to take a firm hold of first place in the RSEQ standings.

In the first meeting last Thursday at home on the Loyola campus, Concordia won 86-69. Captain Ricardo Monge led the Stingers with 22 points and six rebounds. Olivier Simon chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Two nights later, the team crossed the city for a rematch at McGill University. The event marked the first time the teams would play in an official rivalry game. The Stingers won 69-61 and were awarded the inaugural George Lengvari Cup, named for the former star player who suited up for both basketball teams in the 1960s and who is a dedicated supporter of both programs.

“It was a great honor to represent Concordia University and our men’s basketball program in the inaugural Lengvari Cup,” said Stinger head coach Rastko Popovic. “It’s a well-deserved tribute to a legendary player from the Loyola College tradition. We look forward to hosting the event at Concordia on the Loyola campus next season.”

The two wins give Concordia an 8-1 win-loss record and 16 points in Quebec conference play. The Stingers have an iron grip on first place with seven games left on the schedule. The UQAM Citadins currently sit in second place with a 5-4 record for eight points.

This coming week, the Stingers play back-to-back games against the Laval Rouge et Or. The first game is in Quebec City on Wednesday night. The rematch takes place at home on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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