Men’s basketball (1-0 tournament, 0-0 OUA, 2-1overall)
Hosted University of Toronto (0-1 tournament) at the Jack Donohue Tournament at 8:00 p.m.
Johnny Berhanemeskel 13 points, 3 rebounds; Luc Minani 10 points - uOttawa
Drazen Glisic 13 points, 12 rebounds; Alex Hill 10 points, 4 rebounds - Toronto
The Gee-Gees shone in their opening action, defeating last year’s tournament champion Varsity Blues 66-55.
A fresh Gee-Gees team quickly caught their stride, sinking six points without a Varsity Blues response to open the game. The Gee-Gees went on to double Toronto’s score in the second quarter, and maintained a steady nine-point lead at half with a buzzer-beater three-pointer by third-year point guard Jacob Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.).
The third quarter saw the Gee-Gees slowly increase their lead, despite struggling at the start of the quarter. And though they were outscored in the fourth, uOttawa sealed the deal with the 11-point win.
Several Gee-Gees rookies made significant contributions to the win tonight, with first-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) contributing 13 points, second-year point guard Luc Minani (Ottawa, Ont.) with 10 points and first-year forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (Gatineau, Qué.) snagging nine points and five rebounds.
Fifth-year veteran forward Louis Gauthier (Ottawa, Ont.) was optimistic about the team’s progress. “We got a win; we got to be happy with that. I think we’re better than what we showed today and that’s on defence and offense.”
Head coach James Derouin thought the team “played solid on defence, but we were up and down on offense.” Derouin was quick to highlight Berhanemeskel’s performance tonight as a key contribution.
Gauthier continued, “I am really excited about what’s going on with the rookies; they bring a lot of energy. Once we get it together, I think it’s going to be exciting. We will make a lot of teams have a hard time with us [this year] and pull out a lot of wins.”
The Gee-Gees will be in action once again tomorrow night, Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. as they take on St. Francis-Xavier University.
X-Men makes light work of Citadins
St. Francis-Xavier (1-0 tournament)vs Université du Québec à Montréal (0-1 tournament)
Played at the Jack Donohue Tournament at 6:00 p.m.
Charlie Spurr 18 points, 5 rebounds; Jeremy Dunn 15 points, Terry Thomas 15 points- StFX
Arthaud Plesius 17 points, 2 rebounds; Thierry Justin 13 points - UQAM
The X-Men made light work of last year’s Quebec league champions in the Jack Donohue Tournament’s opening action, pummelling the Citadins in a 92-75 victory.
The game had barely begun when St-FX began to show its dominance in tonight’s match-up, jumping to a 26-9 lead after the first quarter and 49-18 at half.
But the UQAM came back in the second half, putting up a strong third quarter of 21 points, which was more than their entire first half. The fourth quarter saw another 33 go in the Citadins favour and only 17 in St-FX’s lowest scoring quarter, though it wouldn’t be enough to bounce back in the end.
Both teams will continue in tournament action tomorrow evening, with UQAM facing Toronto at 6:00 p.m. and St. Francis-Xavier taking on the Gee-Gees at 8:00 p.m.