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Gee-Gees avoid upset at Algoma

Friday January 10, 2014
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Richard A. Whittaker

The no. 2 ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team defeated the Algoma Thunderbirds 96-82 on Friday night in the first ever OUA meeting between the two squads.

The Thunderbirds (3-7) gave the Gee-Gees a scare, starting the game on an 11-1 run. After Ottawa collected themselves the teams sat tied 20-20 at the end of the opening quarter. If not for the second quarter, where the garnet and grey outscored the home squad 25-13, the game was nearly even and could have gone down to the wire.

Fourth-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel maintained his torrid scoring pace, making 50 per cent of his field goals to count 23 points in the contest. The Ottawa native is fourth in the CIS with a points per game average of 24.3.

Terry Thomas also counted 23 points for Ottawa, including 13 points from the free throw line, while Algoma was led by 20 points from guard Jimmy Belinga. Thomas and Berhanemeskel each had eight rebounds to lead the Gee-Gees.

Algoma defended Ottawa’s three-pointers tightly, limiting the normally prolific Gee-Gees to 6-26 shooting from long range, and also won the battle on the boards by a 38-36 margin. Ottawa’s key stat was the squad’s ability to protect the basketball, committing just 12 turnovers to the Thunderbirds’ 20.

Ottawa remains the second-highest scoring team in the country, averaging 93.2 points per game over the ten regular season games.

 BOX SCORE

Teams

1

2

3

4

F

Ottawa

20

25

25

26

96

Algoma

20

13

27

22

82