The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team showed off its inside presence in a 77-70 win over the Guelph Gryphons in Guelph on Saturday night. The win gives no. 1 ranked Ottawa a 4-0 record to start the OUA regular season while Guelph falls to 1-3.
While Ottawa led throughout the contest, Guelph was resilient and continued to push back. The lead stood at 39-36 at halftime after a Gryphon push and the Gee-Gees led by as much as 18 points in the fourth quarter before the closer final score.
Nathan McCarthy led the way for Ottawa with 15 points, 11 of which came in the first half. Caleb Agada picked up a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds along with 5 assists and 5 steals. Brody Maracle also scored 11 off the bench with eight rebounds.
In the first quarter, Ottawa jumped out to a 14-4 lead with excellent ball movement to find McCarthy down low. The Gee-Gees were off target from long-range in the first half, but continued to capitalize inside. A pretty and-one bucket by Brandon Robinson took the lead back to 39-31 in the midst of a charge from Guelph led by fifth-year senior Jack Beatty.
Beatty finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Guelph. The Gryphons also received a spark from speedy guard Jonathan Wallace, who also netted 15 points.
A post-up basket by Agada started off the second half, and defensive stops by Ottawa had the lead back to 50-38. The threes started to fall briefly with Medhi Tihani and Matt Plunkett contributing, making it 60-45.
The Gee-Gees scored 18 points from the free throw line and also outrebounded Guelph by a 47-39 margin.
Ottawa will return home to host its next three games, beginning with the Algoma Thunderbirds on Saturday, November 21.