Men’s Basketball (11-11 OUA)
Hosting Carleton (22-0 OUA) on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall (Rogers, SSN Canada)
Warren Ward 19 points, 4 rebounds; Johnny Berhanemeskel 16 points, 6 rebounds - uOttawa
Tyson Hinz 20 points, 11 rebounds; Elliot Thompson 18 points, 5 rebounds - Carleton
There was moments it looked like the No. 1 Ravens undefeated season might end tonight at Montpetit Hall, but ultimately three strong quarters of play holding back Carleton would wear the Gee-Gees out as the Ravens snagged a fourth-quarter 81-60 win over the home court Gee-Gees.
Though this final regular season game would have no effect on the final standings for either team, pride was at stake in front of this sold out crowd. And the Gee-Gees performed, giving a powerful showing of the incredible potential of this young team through a well-rounded team contribution.
Outside shooting was the Gee-Gees primary weapon as the strong Ravens defense guarded the paint. With a slim four-point lead for the Ravens at half, the deafening Gee-Gees crowd took the court strongly as the sixth man in the third quarter as the Gee-Gees jumped to their first lead of the game at 46-45. But the Gee-Gees just couldn’t sustain the energy and fell in a 22-7 final quarter to the Ravens.
Fifth-year forwards Louis Gauthier, Ottawa, Ont., and Nemanja Baletic, Ottawa, Ont., played the final regular season games of their uOttawa career. Both players concluded their careers with a strong performance, as Baletic recorded 21 minutes and 7 points. Gauthier had foul trouble early, but dominated the court with his powerful play for his limited minutes, especially in the first and third.
First-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont., continued to impress in tonight’s high-tempo match, contributing 16 points. Third-year guard Warren Ward, London, Ont., led the Gee-Gees with 19 points.
In commenting on his career at uOttawa, Baletic said, “It just means everything, my friends, my career, my degree, my teammates, my family - I just think the university gave me so much [and] I just have to say thank you to everyone who has contributed.”
“It was just a great experience,” said Gauthier on his time at uOttawa, “The team has come a really long way [this season] and it’s impressed me as it went on. This team is going to go far in the future. James [Derouin] has done a great job putting all the pieces together and fitting all the guys. And right now we’re peaking and we’re peaking at the right time.”
“I thought we were great tonight for three quarters,” said head coach James Derouin, “Overall, I was happy. There were some real positives we can build on moving forward into Wednesday’s playoff game.”
The Gee-Gees are now moving into the post-season and will host sixth place Laurentian on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall. (Rogers, SSN Canada)