Men’s Basketball (18-4 OUA, 29-9 overall, 1-0 playoffs)
Hosted Queen’s (11-11 OUA, 1-1 playoffs) Saturday, February 27, 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall (SSN Canada)
Queen’s 28 61
uOttawa 38 77
Mitch Leger 23 points, 10 rebounds – Queen’s
Josh Gibson-Bascombe 25 points, 6 rebounds; Warren Ward 20 points, 9 rebounds – uOttawa
The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team will once again face off against the Carleton Ravens, this time in the OUA East finals, after defeating the Queen’s Gaels 77-61 Saturday night at Montpetit Hall to advance to the East finals.
Across town, the Carleton Ravens defeated the York Lions 78-65 on Saturday to host next week’s match-up against the Gee-Gees.
The Gee-Gees secured a comfortable lead from the start, leading 26-13 at the end of the first quarter after second-year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) sank a three point buzzer beater.
The Gaels picked things up in the second quarter, outscoring the Gee-Gees 15-12, to bring the game to within ten points before heading into halftime.
The Gee-Gees continued to dominate in the second half, managing to maintain the lead and go on to win the game 77-61.
The Gee-Gees shot 46.2% from the paint and 36.0% from the three point line, while the Gaels were 41.7% and 30.4%, respectively.
Leading the game in points was fifth-year guard and Gee-Gees all-time leading scorer Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) with 25 points, 9 rebounds. Ward also contributed an impressive 20 points, 9 rebounds.
“We had a good game plan coming into the game, and we came on, executed and played hard,” said Gibson-Bascombe. “I’m looking forward to next week’s game [against Carleton].”
Fourth-year forward Mitch Leger (Kingston, Ont.) led the Gaels in their effort with 23 points, 10 rebounds.
Head coach Dave DeAveiro was pleased with the team’s defensive effort: “The defence was good. We made them work for every point.” Equally satisfying to him was the second line’s efforts on the court. “We had a major contribution from the bench tonight,” he said.
“It was terrific.”
The Gee-Gees will now travel across town to the Ravens' Nest next Saturday, March 6, to battle it out for the OUA East title. Game time is yet to be determined.