After upsetting the Ryerson Rams last weekend the Laurentian Voyageurs were coming to Ottawa with confidence on Friday night, hoping to accomplish the same thing at Monpetit Hall. The Gee-Gees were quick to dismiss their hopes of an upset however as they took the lead in the first quarter and carried it throughout the game, coasting to a 124-84 victory.
No. 2 ranked uOttawa continued its dominant and undefeated play at home - the team has shot the lights on home court all season long and Friday night was no exception The season high point total lifted the team’s season average to 96 points per game, which will likely stand as the best offensive season in team history. The Gee-Gees’ previous high of 92.7 set in 2002-2003.
Terry Thomas and Mike L’Africain looked like quite a dunk contest duo as they connected on multiple occasions for big dunks which Thomas completed with rattling finishes. Their most distinguished play of the night came in the second quarter when L’Africain lobbed a beautiful alley-oop pass to Thomas for the powerful finish in transition.
L’Africain has shot 19-23 from long range in his last four games and has been one of the most important players on the court for Ottawa. He has done more than just scoring however as he tied his career for assists in a game with 13 which he set last weekend versus York. He had 21 points and 13 assists for a rare double-double on the night.
“After the new year I looked at myself and realized that I have big dreams and to achieve those dreams I need to work as hard I possibly can. Since then I have constantly been in the gym working on my game and I think I am starting to see the results,” said L’Africain. “How I have been playing lately is honestly a credit to my teammates because without them I would not be doing as much as I am now.”
“The way Mike has been playing and running this team really makes my job easy. He is our coach out there and when he performs like he has been lately, it really helps this team win games,” said head coach James Derouin. “I really liked our tempo and the way we handled the ball tonight. The guys seemed very relaxed and just did what they do best. It’s fun to watch.”
Johnny Berhanemeskel led the way on the score sheet for the Gee-Gees netting 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Second-year, Matt Nelson recorded a career high 14 points in only seven minutes of play while shooting 6-7 from the field.
“As a player taking all his shots within a few feet of the basket, it’s important that I go out there and make the most out of my opportunities. Coach really relies on me to do that because those are the little things that may go unnoticed but at the end of the day, it’s important,” said Nelson.
The Gee-Gees will be back on the court tomorrow night when they welcome the Algoma Thunderbirds for the first time ever. The game will be the last game of the regular season for the Gee-Gees, who will be looking to break a program record for most wins in a season.