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Gee-Gees Conquer East Coast

Sunday October 31, 2010

Men’s Basketball (0-0 OUA, 5-3 overall)

vs. St. Mary’s Huskies on October 28, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

            Gee-Gees: 88

            St.Mary’s: 89

vs. Dalhousie Tigers on October 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

            Gee-Gees: 72

            Dalhousie: 69

vs. Acadia Axemen on October 30, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

            Gee-Gees: 79

            Acadia: 64

The Gee-Gees opened up their East Coast trip taking on St. Mary’s. Third-year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) exploded into the game, sinking 25 points in the first quarter alone. Despite this, the Gee-Gees headed into half tied at 41 with the Huskies. The Gee-Gees pushed to a 16 point lead at one point in the third quarter, but unfortunately St. Mary’s would march back in the fourth frame. Ward just missed his final buzzer shot, leaving the Gee-Gees one point shy of the win in their 88-89 loss. Ward finished the game with 37 points and seven rebounds.

Friday night’s game saw a strong defensive front put up by both Dalhousie and uOttawa. Down six points at half, the Gee-Gees controlled the ball and clock in the closing minutes to come up with the 72-69 win. Second-year point guard Luc Minani (Ottawa, Ont.) had what Head Coach James Derouin described as a “breakout game” as he snagged 19 points and 3 rebounds in the game. Fifth-year guard Louis Gauthier (Ottawa, Ont.) also had his best game of the season so far with 19 points and nine rebounds.

In their sixth game in nine days on Saturday at Acadia, the Gee-Gees came out flat and quickly fell to 40-27 deficit at half. Ward erupted in the second half for 25 points along with first-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) who’s three-point shooting dominated the court. Outscoring Acadia 52-24 in the second half, the Gee-Gees 26 point turnaround would seal their 79-64 victory. “An amazing cap to a great weekend for the team,” says Derouin. 

"I am very pleased with the weekend, I think we learned about our team,” said Derouin, “[We] played three quality opponents and came back a better team.  The team is in a great place now as we prepare for our home and league opener this coming Friday against Brock."

The Gee-Gees will now look to the opening of their regular season and home opener as they host the Brock Badgers on Friday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m.