The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team earned an 89-86 win in a thrilling shootout game at Montpetit Hall against the Queen’s Gaels on Friday night.
The Gaels came out swinging to start the game, with both teams attacking each other with offence. The visitors took advantage in the first frame by a four-point 30-26 margin, reminiscent of the way they were able to take the victory in a game between the teams in January.
A better showing for the Gee-Gees defensively in the second quarter had the game tighten up within one possession. 11 points each for Brandon Robinson and Calvin Epistola paced the Gee-Gees heading into the break down 50-47.
The third quarter was not a solid showing for the Gee-Gees, only posting 15 points to the Gaels’ 19. A thunderous fourth quarter where the Gee-Gees outscored the Gaels 27-17 to wrap up the three-point win.
Robinson’s clutch shooting down the stretch went a long way in securing the win. The fourth-year guard led the team in scoring, posting 21 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Epistola continued his fantastic play as the team’s starting point guard with an impressive 19 points, 11 assists, and five rebounds to just one turnover.
“We didn’t play very well in the first half, but in the second half we did what we needed to do,” said Robinson. “We’ve been in a lot of tight games throughout the entire season and right now, it’s paying dividends.”
In the first quarter, Jean-Louis reached a milestone in his five-year U SPORTS career, scoring his 1000th point between his time with Cape Breton and Ottawa.
“Our depth is great, but it’s tough now because it’s all we’ve got,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin, about various players stepping up in the game.
“Obviously we’re thrilled with the development, but [Stoqua’s injury] is a tough pill to swallow because we know that this is what we were working towards. Now we can’t take full advantage of our depth with Sean being out. It’s a positive, but also frustrating.”
Up next, the Gee-Gees will face the York Lions, with hopes of locking up the second seed in the OUA East playoffs. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and will be streaming live on OUA.tv.