Success at the box office despite setbacks, the Alliance’s lackluster season

Despite a start full of promise, the Alliance experienced a severe drought during its first run in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL). The day after the end of its schedule in Ottawa, the Montreal team held its balance sheet on Tuesday to close the initial chapter of its young history.

A quarter of the campaign, the file of the Alliance foreshadowed a decent start. But what followed proved difficult for Vincent Lavandier’s troupe, who never knew how to regain the upper hand.

His honest 3-2 record faltered after black streaks of eight and six losses. Not ideal when the annual program amounts to 20 matches. The organization ended the season with an unenvious performance of 4-16 years, synonymous with last place and exclusion from the playoffs.

feeling, c’est lourd. On veut compétitionner, on veut gagner un championnat. Chaque défaite, c’est difficile. Mon message, c’est de garder la tête haute, tout le temps. La vie continue aussi, on doit continuer à travailler”,”text”:”Quand tu perds, ce n’est jamais un bon feeling, c’est lourd. On veut compétitionner, on veut gagner un championnat. Chaque défaite, c’est difficile. Mon message, c’est de garder la tête haute, tout le temps. La vie continue aussi, on doit continuer à travailler”}}”>When you lose it’s never a good feeling, it’s heavy. We want to compete, we want to win a championship. Each defeat is difficult. My message is to hold your head up high all the time. Life goes on too, we gotta keep workingsupports Kemy Ossé, one of the co-captains of the formation.

Kemy Ossé is one of the faces of the Alliance de Montréal.

Photo: Radio-Canada

The very first player selected by the Alliance bluntly claims to have learned a lot about himself in recent months about his leadership qualities.

His goal for the sequel couldn’t be clearer. I want to keep coming here until I win a championship. I want to give this city a championship, it deserves itnotes the 29-year-old athlete.

Who says expansion team, also says training built with players from different backgrounds, with a distinct background. Difficult to establish a culture and create a chemistry in the workforce, especially since the time granted for it would be rather limited.

It’s very difficult at the start because creating a culture in a team doesn’t happen in two and a half months. It’s very difficult because they have different visions of things, different cultures since they come from different backgrounds […] Sometimes, there were difficulties of misunderstanding which were precisely linked to each person’s past. »

A quote from Vincent Lavandier, head coach of the Montreal Alliance

We knew we wanted to build a development team, in quotation marks, with a lot of young people to show them, teach them a bit about the job. We managed to develop young players with the help of some veterans we had in the teamexplains head coach Vincent Lavandier.

Learning, staff movements, numerous injuries, inexperience… According to the players and the instructor himself, these are the elements that suffered from performance on the pitch.

They must above all learn invisible training, insists Vincent Lavandier to propose the majority of recruits in the team. The training with the staff lasts two to four hours a day, but there is the external aspect which is very important when you are professional, that is to say to take charge of yourself. even, to be well prepared physically, mentally and also in terms of nutrition.

We lacked maturity and consistency in what we were able to develop in terms of play. As seen already in training, things had to be rectified. And also in matches, sometimes we were able to play very, very well, and afterwards we broke up due to lack of experience or maturity. These are things that were missing, but it goes with learning. »

A quote from Vincent Lavandier, head coach of the Montreal Alliance

Professional experience is different from university, it’s not the same thing. When you’re a professional, it’s you, it’s not someone telling you what to do, it’s you who have to get up in the morning and go to weight training, take 100, 200 shots before or post workoutindicates in turn Hernst Laroche, the other co-captain of the Alliance.

The spectators present

If the results were not there for two months, it is quite the opposite with regard to the assistance in the stands of the Auditorium of Verdun, where the Alliance has taken up residence.

No wonder for Hernst Laroche: I knew that Montreal is a basketball city, I was not surprised. I really appreciated the atmosphere, the support. It was really warm. There was no team that had that support.

The new formation, one of the three having joined the ranks of the LECB this year, which now has ten from coast to coast, did very well at the ticket office compared to the other teams on the circuit .

One of the main objectives targeted by the staff for its first season was to establish itself in the Montreal market in order to build the franchise on a solid foundation. I am convinced that it is a beautiful story that begins for a long timeassures the vice-president of operations Annie Larouche, later confirming the return of the Alliance in 2023.

They clap hands with a purple sweater.

The Montreal Alliance will not participate in the end of season playoff tournament in the LECB.

Photo: Facebook/Montreal Alliance

Win or lose with an average of 2,929 tickets sold per local game, the benchmark across the league and far ahead of other organizations, the Alliance can certainly say mission accomplished in this regard.

This communion with the public could also serve general manager Joel Anthony in future discussions with free agents.

I have already spoken with many people in our league. They said it really is the best vibe […] It helps when looking for [embaucher] other players, it’s a good situation for us, for the futuresays the former NBA player.

Maintaining this attachment of basketball fans and growing the product, two points that Montreal management will focus on for the team’s second season.

Montreal is a basketball city, perhaps more so in summer than in winter. There is a basketball culture in Montreal, that’s for sure, but we have to develop it to continue to improve itsaid Vincent Lavandier.

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