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Wednesday June 24, 2009

Men’s hoops pair among uOttawa varsity foursome bound for eastern Europe

Graduated men’s basketball post Dax Dessureault looks to make the most of his first international playing opportunity after being confirmed Monday to the Canadian men’s basketball entry at the 25th Summer Universiade July 1-12 in Belgrade, Serbia. 

“I thought I was done before I got the call in mid-May,” said Dessureault, who advanced off the Canadian alternate list following five seasons with the Gee-Gees, ending in March. 

“Now I would like to see if I could play in Europe afterwards.”

Dessureault, a six-foot-nine 22-year-old from Embrun, Ont., joins returning Gee-Gees all-star team-mate Josh Gibson-Bascombe of Toronto on the 12-man Canadian men’s basketball team.

Gibson-Bascombe scored 12 points in a 90-84 Canadian win over host Thailand to secure the bronze medal at the 24th Universiade (August 18, 2007) in Bangkok, Thailand.

“I know what it takes to get the bronze and want to do better,” said Gibson-Bascombe, a three-time first-team Ontario University Athletics all-star guard who will enter his fifth university season in the fall just 38 regular season points shy of the uOttawa all-time scoring record.

“This time out is a completely different team.”

The Canadian men’s basketball team departs its McMaster University training site Thursday morning for eastern Europe.

Gee-Gees women’s midfielder Rachael Swetnam of Halifax will compete for Canada in women’s soccer for the first time and Gee-Gees women’s basketball assistant coach Moriah Trowell was named to her first team leader position with the Canadian women’s basketball team.

In 2007, Canada finished 10th of 16 teams in women’s soccer and women’s basketball finished in seventh place.