The no. 2 ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team extended its regular season win streak to four straight games on Saturday night as Ottawa downed the Nipissing Lakers 113-62 in the first ever meeting between the teams. The Gee-Gees erupted from long range in the second half as they sprayed home 11 treys in the half and put the game far out of reach for Lakers. The score marks the highest point total of the season for uOttawa.
Nipissing was able to stay within single digits of the Gee-Gees in the first half as they put in a strong defensive effort. Things changed right out of the halftime break however as a Mike L’Africain three-pointers appeared to spur the garnet and grey as they dropped a three-point barrage on the Lakers and ended any hopes of an upset.
“We put in a solid effort tonight. We got contributions from all around the team and that was important for us and will continue to be throughout the season. It was essential that we come here and make the most of our opportunities and I think we did that. The key for us today was our defensive discipline and the fact that we stayed confident despite not having the first half that we wanted,” said Gee-Gees fifth-year Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue who finished with 13 points and three rebounds in the game.
The Gee-Gees had seven players in double digits in the game as Johnny Berhanemeskel led the way with a game high 21 points and six assists. As a team the Gee-Gees shot 50 per cent from the field and 41.2 per cent from long range in the game. Marcus Lewis paced the Lakers with 18 points in the contest while Jordan Roberts added 13 points and four rebounds.
The Gee-Gees will return home before heading back out on the road next weekend when they will visit Waterloo on Friday night followed by Laurier on Saturday.