There are not many negative remarks that can be made on no. 2 ranked Ottawa’s offence this season. The squad is first in many major offensive categories in the CIS and Friday night was no exception as they led the Warriors from start to finish, taking a dominant 98-60 win on home court.
Mike L’Africain of Oakville, Ont., led the way on the score sheet with a game-high 23 points and two assists. It was a career night for L’Africain as his point total topped his previous career high of 21 points set in his rookie season.
“Our performance overall was good. I think there are certain things will still have to work on in order to get where we want to be as a team,” said the third-year guard. “Tonight was a great night to work on certain things and I don’t think we did as well as we could have. Overall we still came out with a big victory and we are happy about that.”
Waterloo’s leading scorer on the season, Jaspreet Gill kicked in 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from long range to pace the visitors. Ottawa sank 15 treys as a team, shooting 45.5 per cent from long distance.
The Gee-Gees were on fire in the early going as they came out of the gates scoring 30 first quarter points and shooting 7-11 from long range. The second quarter was more of the same for the Gee-Gees as they were able to stretch their lead to double digits and run away with the game early. L’Africain especially made his presence felt in the early stage of the game, scoring four treys in the first quarter alone.
Johnny Berhanemeskel was all over the court for the Gee-Gees as he contributed in nearly every category with 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in only 24 minutes of play. “I think the idea around the team right now is that we are still a few strides away from where we want to be,” said Berhanemeskel. “Overall we are happy with how the season has gone so far. It’s pretty incredible to see the improvements this program has made since I started on this team and it’s an amazing feeling to be part of it.”
In the end the Gee-Gees offence appeared to be simply too strong for Waterloo as they maintained a big lead for the majority of the game, cruising to the victory.
Ottawa returns to game action tomorrow night at 8 p.m. for what is expected to be a shoot-out against Maxwell Allin and the Laurier Golden Hawks.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 30 24 26 18 98
Waterloo 19 12 19 10 60