The no. 2 ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team completed its run through the Wesmen Classic tournament at the University of Winnipeg with an 81-71 victory over the hosts in the tournament final on Monday night. Ottawa had earlier defeated Regina 90-75 in the semifinal.
Johnny Berhanemeskel scored 22 points in each of the last two games and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Berhanemeskel’s efforts were supported by sophomore wing Caleb Agada, who earned a spot on the all-star squad by averaging just under 15 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. Agada notched 21 points and 14 rebounds as part of the starting lineup against the Wesmen.
The garnet and grey featured a slightly different starting five each evening, but newcomer Terry Thomas made the most of his three starts. Thomas impressed with an array of dunks while providing a consistent scoring option to average 14.3 points per game over the tournament. The 6-4 forward also recorded nine rebounds in the tournament finale.
Also appearing for Ottawa after overcoming several fall semester injuries was second-year centre Ryan Evans, who logged minutes in all three matches.
The tournament win is the first ever at the Wesmen Classic for the University of Ottawa, coming in the tournament’s 47th year.
This year’s Gee-Gees also captured the Accreon Helen Campbell and Eric Garland Tournament, hosted by the University of New Brunswick, and the Jack Donohue Invitational at home during the pre-season, and the squad now sports a 19-1 record overall record against CIS teams.
December 28 – Ottawa 78 Brandon 70 – Berhanemeskel 17 points, Agada 9 rebounds
December 29 – Ottawa 90 Regina 75 – Berhanemeskel 22 points, Matt Nelson 7 rebounds
December 30 – Ottawa 81 Winnipeg 71 – Berhanemeskel 22 points, Agada 14 rebounds