Men’s Basketball (9-5 OUA)
Hosted RMC (0-13 OUA) on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall (SSN Canada)
uOttawa – Chris Anderson 16 points, 2 rebounds; Johnny Berhanemeskel 13 points, 3 rebounds
RMC – Alexandre Lavole 14 points, 4 rebounds; James Byun 12 points, 2 rebounds
The Gee-Gees found their stride after Wednesday’s disappointing Capital Hoops loss to rivals Carleton, demolishing the visiting RMC Paladins 97-34.
The Gee-Gee offence did not have any trouble stacking up the points tonight, putting up 27 and 26 points in the first and second quarter, respectively. The Paladins had their strongest quarter in the third, coming out of the gate with a 7-1 run before the Gee-Gees once again tightened up their defence.
As the clock drained the end of the third quarter, third-year forward Akeem Gardner (Brampton, Ont.) set up second-year forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (Gatineau, Qué) with a beautiful feed for a highlight-reel dunk. The fourth quarter saw the return of the first half point production for the Gee-Gees as they ended the game just shy of 100 points to RMC’s 34.
“Our execution was okay, our effort you could still see some residual effects in our body language from Wednesday night,” said head coach James Derouin, “It would be nice to just turn around and bounce back, but the wound is still deep; it will take a few more days. And hopefully tomorrow night against a stronger opponent, we’ll see a better effort.”
Second-year forward Chris Anderson (Ottawa, Ont.) led the Gee-Gees' scoring drive tonight with 16 points, nine steals and three assists. Second-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) added 13 points and Gonthier-Dubue and rookie Vikas Gill (Stittsville, Ont.) each chipped in for 12 points.
First-year 6’10” centre Shamus Ferguson (Toronto, Ont.) really used his size to dominate in the paint for the Gee-Gees tonight, putting down nine points and snagging six rebounds. “When he [Ferguson] plays, he brings a lot of energy,” commented Derouin.
“This is definitely a bounce-back game for us; we have to see this game as a stepping stone, the game against Carleton too,” said Ferguson, “We definitely want to come in this weekend and just do what we do, play our game.”
Be sure to return to Montpetit Hall tomorrow night, January 21, at 8:00 p.m. at your uOttawa Gee-Gees host the Queen’s Gaels to close out their weekend.