Third MBNA showcase promises to be a classic
Gee-Gees men’s basketball stands to leapfrog No. 1 Carleton in the conference standings with a victory Wednesday in the third annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place.
uOttawa, a program-best No. 2 in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top-Ten for a third straight week, puts a 13-game win streak on the line seeking a second victory over Carleton in the local showcase (8:00 p.m. The Score, SSN Canada) played at the home of the NHL Senators.
The Ravens men’s team is ranked best in Canada, is also 13-1 OUA East in the standings, and has won five of the last six CIS championships.
“Much more media calls and request for tickets,” said Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro. “This will give us a good test whether we have peaked or not.”
The Gee-Gees men’s team was last ranked ahead of the Ravens for two consecutive weeks (Jan 24, 31) in 2006 (1. UBC. 2 uOttawa. 3. Carleton).
The upstart Gee-Gees women’s team, with a roster of just 12 under accomplished first-year head coach Andy Sparks, puts a 10-5 record against a Ravens women’s team (10-5) (6:00 p.m. The Score, SSN Canada) that is tied for second-place in the OUA East.
“We don’t have any superstars on this team,” said second-year Gee-Gees guard Emilie Morasse, the team’s top scorer at nearly 14 points-per-game.
uOttawa lost to the Ravens by two points (52-50) on the opening game of the 2008-09 season.
Fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright (Utica, NY; Syracuse) has scored 17 points-per-game to lead the Gee-Gees in the four regular season games he has played since joining uOttawa at Christmas.
“This is the most publicity I have seen in Canada since I have been here,” said Wright. “There is a resemblance to Syracuse.”
Gee-Gees all-star fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe of Toronto has scored 16.36 points-per-game and will joined in Wednesday’s starting line-up by his brother, second-year point guard Jacob Gibson-Bascombe..
“To do something historical would be a big honour,” said Josh.
The first MBNA Capital Hoops Classic January 23, 2007 was won 64-62 by the Gee-Gees and attracted a CIS regular-season record basketball crowd of 9,720. Josh Gibson-Bascombe hit the winning shots with 4.7 seconds left in regulation.
The second game, January 26, 2008, saw the five-time national champion Ravens men’s team win 70-66 and Carleton’s women’s team defeat uOttawa 53-43 before 9,124 fans.
DeAveiro, in his eighth season with the Gee-Gees, stands to tie the Gee-Gees all-time coaching wins record with a victory.
A Toronto native who played with the Gee-Gees for five seasons (1985-89), DeAveiro has a career regular season coaching record of 108-60 and is 165-103 overall, one overall win back of Jack Eisenmann, who finished 83-115 in the regular season and with a 166-221 overall record while coaching uOttawa men’s basketball over 12 seasons from 1989-1990 to 2000-01.
The respective athletic directors, Luc Gelineau of uOttawa and Jennifer Brenning of Carleton, have a friendly wager on Wednesday’s outcome. The losing administrator will wear the other school’s colours during the season-ending men’s game between the Ravens and Gee-Gees February 21 at Montpetit Hall.
THIRD ANNUAL MBNA CAPITAL HOOPS CLASSIC
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009
uOttawa (10-5) @ Carleton (10-5) 6:00 p.m. (The Score, SSN Canada)
No. 2 uOttawa (13-1) @ No. 1 Carleton (13-1) 8:00 p.m. (The Score, SSN Canada)