Men’s basketball (5-8 OUA)
Hosted York (7-7 OUA) on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall
Warren Ward 23 points, 11 rebounds; Louis Gauthier 14 points, 7 rebounds - uOttawa
Stefan Haynes 22 points, 6 rebounds; Dejan Kravic 14 points, 11 rebounds - York
What was a strong first three quarters for the Gee-Gees would all be cancelled out by their final ten minutes of play which allowed York 26 points to come back from behind for the 73-68 win over the Gee-Gees.
The Gee-Gees battled through the opening quarter against the Lions and were on top by four points after the first frame. A strong defensive front in the second quarter held the Lions scoreless for almost the first five minutes while the Gee-Gees jumped to a ten point lead. York came back to challenge the garnet and grey, but the Gee-Gees turned on the offence to close the quarter with an 11 point lead.
The Lions kept up the pressure, but the Gee-Gees averaged a ten point lead for much of the third and fourth quarters. But a defensive meltdown in the fourth quarter that allowed the Lions to come back from a 14 point deficit would be the ultimate undoing of this eager Gee-Gees squad.
“We stopped running our offense, and we really, really stopped getting stops on defense,” said head coach James Derouin, “Our energy defensively went away from us completely. Our energy, everything that we have comes from our defense and you saw that from the first two quarters.”
“The offence looks bad, but it was the defense letdown that really changed the course of that game down the stretch,” concluded Derouin, “A 26-point fourth quarter is unacceptable on the defensive end.”
Third-year point guard Jacob Gibson-Bascombe, Toronto, Ont., played for almost the full 40 minutes and commented, “It’s just something that we have got to work on as a team. We have to continue to maintain focus for a full fourth quarter. You can’t play for three and a half quarters or three quarters. You have to try to maintain focus throughout the entire game and I feel like as the team goes along, we’ll get better at that.”
Come out to Montpetit Gym once again tomorrow night to see the Gee-Gees in action against Laurentian at 8:00 p.m.