Men’s Basketball (18-4 OUA, 1-1 playoff)
At Carleton (20-2 OUA, 2-0 playoff) Saturday, March 6, 8:00 p.m. at the Raven’s Nest (Rogers, SSN)
Cole Hobin 25, 5 rebounds, Kevin McCleery 20 points, 11 rebounds – Carleton
Warren Ward 20 points, 5 rebounds; Josh Gibson-Bascombe 17 points, 5 rebounds – uOttawa
Carleton proved once again why they are No. 2 in the country after they defeated uOttawa 78-64 in the OUA East Finals.
With the strong support of the Gee-Gees fans decked out in garnet and grey and full body paint, the Gee-Gees came flying out of the gate going shot for shot with the Ravens. Leading 15-14 out of the first quarter, it was the last time the Gee-Gees would see the advantage.
A devastating eight point second quarter for the Gee-Gees shifted the momentum to the home team. The Ravens led 32-23 heading into the half and extended that lead to 21 points after the third quarter.
With ten minutes left to go, Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) brought the energy back into the Gee-Gees play. Within the first three minutes, the Gee-Gees managed to knock 11 points off the Ravens score to bring the game within 10 points, but ultimately still fell short in their 78-64 loss to the Ravens.
Veteran player Donnie Gibson (Kingston, Ont.) was perfect in his scoring opportunities in the first half, going 2-2 in the paint and 2-2 from the arc. In the last quarter, second-year guard Max Clarkson (Peterborough, Ont.) played a key role in the comeback attempt, scoring seven points and setting up offensive chances for his teammates.
“I think we left a lot of points on the floor tonight,” said head coach Dave DeAveiro, “And that’s about effort. To beat Carleton you have to play all 40 minutes, but with Carleton we only play 30.”
“We need to win the mental toughness battle. We were lacking in heart and will,” commented Gee-Gees leading scorer of the game Warren Ward (Brampton, Ont.). “They’re a great team and they deserved to win.”
Both DeAveiro and Ward highlighted the presence of the Gee-Gees fans tonight. Ward said, “I love playing in front of them. They were definitely the sixth man for us.”
“The fans tonight were unbelievable. I hope we have the same support next week, I think they’ll play a big role,” added DeAveiro.
The Gee-Gees will now face Lakehead in the OUA bronze medal game at home next Saturday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m. at Monpetit Hall. The winner of that game will advance to the CIS championships the following weekend in Ottawa.