|League||Premier Basketball League|
|Team history||Montreal Sasquatch
|Based in||Montreal, Quebec|
|Arena||Centre Pierre Charbonneau|
|Head coach||Tito Destin|
The Montreal Sasquatch were a team of the Premier Basketball League (PBL) that played in the 2008–09 season under two different ownership groups.
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. A dispersal draft of Sasquatch players was then conducted.
On February 11, the PBL announced that Soar Enterprises, another ownership group, would take over the franchise and play the remainder of the season. 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 and the PBL ruled that it did not meet league standards. A home game against Wilmington the next day was likewise cancelled, and the remaining home games were played at the opponent's venue.
This is the Sasquatch roster before the PBL removed the Sasquatch from the league.
|3||SG||6'2||Randy "White Chocolate" Gill||2008||Bowie State|
|4||PG||6'2||Manix Auriantal||2008||New York|
|6||PG||5'10||Bobby Miller||2008||Southern New Hampshire|
|11||SF||6'8||Louis-Patrick Levros||2008||Rhode Island CC|
|13||PG||6'4||Kevin Dulude||2008||Royal Military College|
|15||PG||6'0||Lantrice Green||2008||Virginia Union|
|21||PG||5'7||Denburk 'Burky' Reid||2008||McGill|
|21||SG||6'5||Buster Perkins||2008||Virginia Union|
|32||PF||6'6||Jamaal Wise||2008||Rhode Island|
|34||C||6'8||John Daryl Ruffus||2008||Fayetteville State|
In the PBL dispersal draft four players were selected:
- Randy Gill by the Detroit Panthers
- John Ruffus by the Quebec Kebs (traded to Manchester on March 9)
- Xavier Morton by the Rochester RazorSharks
- Jamaal Wise by the Manchester Millrats (traded to Quebec on March 9)
All other Sasquatch players were given their unconditional release and became free agents.
Head Coach: Tito Destin
|12||PG||6'2||Shawn Corbin||2009||Brandon University|
|22||PG||5'6||Denburk 'Berky' Reid||2008||McGill|
|25||SF||6'8||Louis-Patrick Levros||2008||Rhode Island|
|41||PG||5'10||Bobby Miller||2008||Southern New Hampshire|
|42||SG||6'5||Buster Perkins||2008||Virginia Union|
|43||PG||6'2||Mario Kinsey||2009||Texas College|
2009 season schedule
|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
- Premier Basketball League
- Canada Basketball
- Canadian Interuniversity Sport
- Canadian Colleges Athletic Association
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