The Montreal Alliance was just one point short of an important win over the Newfoundland Growlers on Wednesday at Memorial University Field House, but a late-game error allowed the local team to save themselves with an 84-83 victory.
Head coach Vincent Lavandier's squad led 83-79 with the “Elam Ending” established at 84 points. After a three-point shot from Shaquille Keith, the Alliance regained the ball, but Abdul Mohamed's pass was intercepted by Blake Francis.
Jermel Kennedy put the finishing touches on the “lay-up” to give the victory to Newfoundland, a second in a row against Montreal.
It's a heartbreaking result for the Alliance (4-14), who could have joined the Growlers (6-12) in eighth place in the general classification in the event of a win, but who remain good last. Both teams are eliminated from the playoff portrait since they could not place among the top seven teams. The eighth-ranked Ottawa BlackJacks will be in regardless of how late they end, as they host the final tournament.
Isiah Osborne and Hernst Laroche were the top players in the Alliance in this meeting with a harvest of 21 points. Nathan Cayo spent nearly 36 minutes on the floor, amassing 15 points and seven rebounds along the way.
In addition, the Alliance announced on Wednesday that it has released winger Dominic Green to he can receive medical treatment in the United States. The man who made Montreal fans' eyes widen by scoring 36 points in the inaugural game at the Verdun Auditorium has averaged 11.6 points in his 14 games with the Alliance.