Montreal Sasquatch

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Montreal Sasquatch
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Founded 2008
League Premier Basketball League
Team history Montreal Sasquatch
2008–2009
Arena Centre Pierre Charbonneau
Based in Montreal, Quebec
Colours red, blue
Owner(s) Soar Enterprises
Head coach Tito Destin
Championships 0
Division titles 0

The Montreal Sasquatch were a team of the Premier Basketball League (PBL) that played in the 2008–09 season under two different ownership groups.

History[edit]

Réal Bourassa was granted an expansion franchise in the PBL for the 2009 season. However, on February 5, 2009, the PBL canceled the franchise after it emerged that players weren't being paid.[1] A dispersal draft of Sasquatch players was then conducted.[2]

On February 11, the PBL announced that Soar Enterprises, another ownership group, would take over the franchise and play the remainder of the season.[3] The squad was to be known as Team Montreal as Bourassa retained the rights to the name Sasquatch.

The Sasquatch were one of four teams in the PBL Atlantic Division that enhanced their 20-game PBL schedule with 6 exhibitions to compete for the "Champlain Cup." When the Sasquatch were removed from the league, the other teams decided that the remaining, unplayed exhibitions involving the Sasquatch would be treated as forfeits.

The PBL, which arranged all league travel, intervened heavily to ensure that the next three road games took place. However, the venue arranged for the reconstituted team's first home game, on February 27, fell through; the visiting Halifax Rainmen objected to an alternate gym[4] and the PBL ruled that it did not meet league standards. A home game against Wilmington the next day was likewise cancelled,[5] and the remaining home games were played at the opponent's venue.

2009 roster[edit]

First half[edit]

This is the Sasquatch roster before the PBL removed the Sasquatch from the league.

Head Coach: Alejandro Hasbani[6]

# Pos. Ht. Player Acquired College
3 United States SG 6'2 Randy "White Chocolate" Gill 2008 Bowie State
4 Canada PG 6'2 Manix Auriantal 2008 New York
6 Canada PG 5'10 Bobby Miller 2008 Southern New Hampshire
11 Canada SF 6'8 Louis-Patrick Levros 2008 Rhode Island CC
13 Canada PG 6'4 Kevin Dulude 2008 Royal Military College
15 United States PG 6'0 Lantrice Green 2008 Virginia Union
21 Canada PG 5'7 Denburk 'Burky' Reid 2008 McGill
21 United States SG 6'5 Buster Perkins 2008 Virginia Union
23 France SG 6'6 Steve Pellan 2008 Mobile
24 United States SG 6'6 Quilninious Randall 2008 Northeastern
32 United States PF 6'6 Jamaal Wise 2008 Rhode Island
34 United States C 6'8 John Daryl Ruffus 2008 Fayetteville State

In the PBL dispersal draft four players were selected:

All other Sasquatch players were given their unconditional release and became free agents.[2]

Second half[edit]

Head Coach: Tito Destin

# Pos. Ht. Player Acquired College
2 SG 5'11 Todd Tinkhalm 2009
5 SG 6'2 Kevin John 2009
12 Canada PG 6'2 Shawn Corbin 2009 Brandon University
14 PG 6'0 John Bethia 2009
22 Canada PG 5'6 Denburk 'Berky' Reid 2008 McGill
25 Canada SF 6'8 Louis-Patrick Levros 2008 Rhode Island
31 SF 6'4 Frank Filoa 2009
35 SF 6'6 Kevin Benjamin 2009
41 Canada PG 5'10 Bobby Miller 2008 Southern New Hampshire
42 United States SG 6'5 Buster Perkins 2008 Virginia Union
43 United States PG 6'2 Mario Kinsey 2009 Texas College
44 C 6'10 David Dubois 2009 Idaho

2009 season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Home/Away Score High points High rebounds High assists Location/Attendance Record
January 2 Manchester Millrats Home 97-100 John Ruffus (24) Jamaal Wise (8) Randy Gill (4) Centre Pierre Charbonneau 1-0
January 3 Halifax Rainmen Home 127-125 (OT) Randy Gill (38) Jamaal Wise (13) Jamaal Wise (3) Centre Pierre Charbonneau 1-1
January 9 Vermont Frost Heaves Away 111-133 Randy Gill (28) Jamaal Wise (9) Randy Gill (6) Barre Auditorium 1-2
January 11 Halifax Rainmen Away 105-103 John Ruffus (31) John Ruffus (10) Randy Gill (8) Halifax Metro Centre 2-2
January 23 Manchester Millrats Home 131-113 Randy Gill (19) Xavier Morton & Kevin Dellude (6) Louis-Patrick Levros (3) Centre Pierre Charbonneau 2-3
January 24 Vermont Frost Heaves Away 107-86 Randy Gill (24) Xavier Morton (9) Randy Gill (7) Centre Pierre Charbonneau 2-4
January 31 Quebec Kebs Away 98-73 Jamaal Wise (35) Jamaal Wise & Kevin Dellude (9) Randy Gill (9) Pavillon de la Jeunesse 3-4
February 1 Vermont Frost Heaves Away 78-103 Louis-Patrick Levros (19) Xavier Morton (10) Randy Gill, Jamaal Wise, Kevin Dellude, & Lantrice Green (1) Barre Auditorium 3-5
February 5–11 Franchise transferred and roster reconstituted; see text
February 13 Manchester Millrats Away 85-137 David Dubois (26) David Dubois (19) Kevin John (7) Southern New Hampshire Fieldhouse 3-6
February 20 Manchester Millrats Away 82-121 Freddie Petkus & Mark Flavin (14) David Dubois (12) Buster Perkins (4) Southern New Hampshire Fieldhouse 3-7
February 21 Wilmington Sea Dawgs Away 92-111 Ratana Sak (31) David Dubois (11) Lennox Malcolm (4) Schwartz Center 3-8
February 27 Halifax Rainmen Home Game cancelled: Unavailability of suitable venue
Game moved to Halifax on March 29
February 28 Wilmington Sea Dawgs Home Game cancelled: Unavailability of suitable venue
March 8 Detroit Panthers Away 115-119 Ratana Sak (28) David Dubois (15) Buster Perkins (15) Groves High School 3-9
March 14 Vermont Frost Heaves Away* 91-116 Tristan Martin (25) David Dubois (11) Tristan Martin (4) Barre Auditorium 3-10
March 22 Quebec Kebs Away 89-130 Tristan Martin (37) Tristan Martin (11) Buster Perkins (7) Pavillon de la Jeunesse 3-11
March 28 Halifax Rainmen Away 89-130 Andrew Richards (23) Jasen Hunt (13) Tristan Martin (5) Halifax Metro Centre 3-12
March 29 Halifax Rainmen Away* 109-147 Tristan Martin (34) Andrew Richards (14) Tristan Martin (4) Halifax Metro Centre 3-13
March 31 Rochester Razorsharks Home Attack Athletics

* Originally a home game for Montreal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PBL Makes Decision to Remove Montreal". Our Sports Central. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b PBL Conducts Dispersal Draft, Our Sports Central, 2009-02-09, retrieved 2010-10-12 
  3. ^ "Premier Basketball League Continues in Montreal this Season". Our Sports Central. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Rainmen object to gym, Montreal game cancelled". The Chronicle-Herald. 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Premier Basketball League Montreal Statement". Our Sports Central. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  6. ^ Pascucci, Gianni (2008-09-23). "The Sasquatch name GM and coach". US Basket.com. Archived from the original on 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 

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