For a second consecutive year, the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team swept their Jack Donohue opponents. After dispatching Bishop’s on Saturday night, the Toronto Varsity Blues were next on Sunday in what turn out to be a 101-60 blow-out affair. The Gee-Gees dominated from start to finish while the bench played strong putting up 62 points.
“I thought we did a much better job at passing the ball and finding our open shooters which is our style of play," said head coach James Derouin."Yesterday was a bit tougher but I feel like we got back to our style today. Tonight’s game allowed us to play our bench and I wanted to play those guys as much as possible. They performed really well so there was no need to put the starters back in.”
uOttawa now holds a 8-1 pre-season record with the lone loss coming at the hands of the NCAA’s Memphis Tigers. Many Gee-Gee rookies have had an opportunity to play this pre-season something head coach James Derouin hopes will help them as they transition to the regular season.
“We have seen some good things from our rookies on this team. They have proved that they can go out there and play defence, especially Morrison and Robinson. I think Noel [Jones] will have a bigger impact with us around the second half of the season but he is an important body on this team,” commented head coach James Derouin.
Matt Plunkett was especially big on Sunday for the Gee-Gees as he dropped six three pointers and 21 points on the afternoon. Caleb Agada was dynamite throughout the tournament putting a strong effort in both games as he finished with 37 points, warranting him the tournament’s most valuable player honours.
“I’m happy with the way I played this weekend. I think there are some things I could have done better and that I still need to work on,” said Agada. “As a team we need to keep working hard and getting better overall. The most important thing is playing to our potential and always respecting our opponent because the more respect we have for them, the harder we will play.”
The Gee-Gees will next be in action on Wednesday, October 29 when they travel to Montreal to take on the Concordia Stingers. The game will be the garnet and grey’s final test of the pre-season before the regular season opener at home on November 7.