The Lakehead Thunderwolves (3-9) submitted quickly to the high-flying uOttawa Gee-Gees men’s basketball team as Ottawa (10-1) claimed an 89-60 victory on home court. A pair of buckets from Brody Maracle had the Gee-Gees out front by double-digits at the end of the first quarter and the no. 2 ranked squad in the nation did not look back.
Maracle finished the game with 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting, while his post partner Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles netted 17 with 7 rebounds.
Lakehead’s big forward Bacarius Dinkins started the game as his usual energetic self before fading in the game’s middle quarters. The Thunderwolves’ engine notched 10 points and 9 rebounds along with a block, while guard Kache Kopec led the visitors with 13 points.
The Ottawa lead grew to as much as 28 in the third quarter thanks to excellent team defence including tenacious work by Calvin Epistola. “Coach makes a big deal out of family and it takes thirteen guys,” said Epistola. “Me coming off the bench I always want to bring out energy and we really believe that everyone is part of what we’re doing here.”
“We got back to what we usually do: running out on transition and using our defence to get to offence,” continued Epistola. “It’s important for us to get better with every game so that at Capital Hoops we’ll be ready."
The Gee-Gees started off the fourth quarter with three straight offensive rebounds; the Gee-Gees were out-rebounded by one in the opening quarter but came back to finish with a 41-38 advantage.