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Defence helps Ottawa sweep Queen’s Tournament

Tuesday October 18, 2016
Caleb Agada holding a basket ball.
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Gord Weber

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team went 3-0 at the Tindall Invitational in Kingston, Ont., using strong team defence to close out the tournament with an average of 56.6 points against over the weekend. 

Caleb Agada was named the Tournament MVP after recording a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds in the final game. The fifth-year Gee-Gee and reigning CIS Defensive Player of the Year was also credited with 14 steals in the tournament. Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles was named to the tournament all-star squad after dominating the paint with an average of 13 points and seven rebounds per game. 

Ottawa dispatched Alberta 73-63 in the tournament opener, cruised to an 84-47 win over Memorial on Saturday, and closed out with a 64-60 win in a battle with Queen’s.

“It was a different look for us, a little bit ugly, but ultimately the same result,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “We struggled to make our shots but the team stayed with it. We established that we can win even when we’re not making shots if we play that high level defence.”

Of note, Ottawa out-rebounded Memorial by a 52-24 margin and won the glass in all three outings. Third-year post Brody Maracle also contributed double-digit scoring in each game, while Calvin Epistola, a sophomore from Toronto, had a strong weekend at point guard. 

Up next, the Gee-Gees host the Jack Donohue Tournament October 28-30. The annual tournament has a new format this year as three OUA teams will take on three RSEQ teams over the course of the expanded six-team weekend. For full schedule and ticket information, visit the tournament page.