The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team rolled to an 89-56 victory over the Bishop’s Gaiters to close out the first day of competition at the annual Jack Donohue Tournament at Montpetit Hall. The tournament continues Saturday under its new format of Ontario teams taking on Quebec teams and after day one the RSEQ has the upper hand. McGill and Concordia were winners in their tilts with Waterloo and Toronto, respectively.
For Ottawa, Adam Presutti made his first appearance in garnet and grey and led the team with 17 points including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. The Oakville, Ont. product added four assists and five rebounds in his 24 minutes of court time, and helped Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Caleb Agada, and Matt Plunkett to all finish in double-digit scoring. Brody Maracle’s passing out of double-teams down low gave uOttawa another offensive outlet. With its defensive focus at the forefront, Ottawa held Bishop’s to 18 first half points and limited the Gaiters to 36 per cent shooting overall.
Gee-Gees freshmen Gage Sabean and Ryan Basso also made their Montpetit Hall openers memorable, contributing nine and five points respectively while mixing in well defensively in their combined 14 minutes of floor time.
McGill trailed Waterloo 40-26 at halftime before storming back with a 27-10 third quarter and continued to roll with 30 points in the final stanza to claim an 84-70 victory. Francois Bourque recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead McGill, while Waterloo’s Nedim Hodzic got to the line frequently and finished with 18 points.
In the tournament opener, Concordia distanced itself from Toronto in the second quarter and didn’t look back, closing out a 79-63 win. The Stingers rode the 19-point performance of Nicholas Noble which included 5-6 shooting from three-point range.