Despite an attacking Bishop's Gaiters defence and a sometimes sloppy uOttawa offence, the Gee-Gees were able to prevail 80-66 leading from start to finish.
Ottawa kept Bishop's at arm’s length for most of the game while getting their bench involved.
“They (Bishop's) put us in a situation where we had to go small - they’re missing two of their post players so they went four guards,” said James Derouin, head coach of the Gee-Gees. “We knew that was going to happen so we had to go small as well. I’m not terribly happy with our performance tonight.”
With Ottawa unable to stretch the lead past 15 points, the Gaiters kept coming back with excellent guard play and 45.6 per cent shooting from the floor.
“These are the games in the preseason we are looking for. They got in our face. They defended the ball well. They sent a lot of early help. They did a lot of things that exposed some of our weaknesses. It doesn’t do a lot for us to just play teams that we’re going to run over. I thought they competed.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow, Derouin and the Gee-Gees wrap up the preseason against OUA rival U of T Varsity Blues who also took out Bishops last night 97-91.
“We’ve definitely got to make our reads better and share the ball better. That’s sort of been our trademark. I thought tonight, we didn’t have that. Their ball pressure affected us. We weren’t seeing open guys or making that extra pass. We were forcing the drives. But credit to them too. That was their defensive game plan and it was effective.”
Caleb Agada and Johnny Berhanemeskel led the scoring charge for uOttawa with 23 and 22 points respectively. Kyle Desmarais topped the Bishop's lineup with 15 points.