Men’s basketball (2-5 overall, 0-0 OUA)
Hosted University of New Brunswick Friday, October 28, 8:00 p.m.
Johnny Berhanemeskel 22 points, 9 rebounds; Shamus Ferguson 15 points, 11 rebounds – uOttawa
Alex DesRoches 15 points, 9 rebounds – UNB
The Gee-Gees kicked off the 2011 Jack Donohue tournament in great form Friday evening, defeating the UNB Varsity Reds 84-54 in game two of the evening’s double-header at Montpetit Hall. This followed a close game between Laurier and McGill, which saw the Golden Hawks overcome the Redmen by a score of 62-57.
Despite the absence of fourth-year veteran Warren Ward, London, Ont., who is presently in Guadalajara, Mexico, representing Canada at the Pan-Am Games, as well as four injured veteran players, the young Gee-Gees squad proved to be a competitive and well-prepared team.
“The guys have had to step up and I expect that from these guys and they know that,” said head coach James Derouin of his young team. “With or without Warren, all the things that we do don’t change – we run the same stuff, our defence stays the same, we play just as hard.”
The Gee-Gees proved just that, getting off to a spectacular start in the opening quarter. After giving up the first basket of the game to the Varsity Reds, the Gee-Gees followed with four perfect shots from beyond the arc to give the garnet and grey a quick lead. They continued to hold UNB to a single basket until one minute remained in the quarter, to finish with a strong 25-6 lead at the end of the first. The Gee-Gees would lead 51-19 after the first half.
Despite slowing things down in the second half, the Gee-Gees managed to maintain a comfortable lead to pick up their first win of the tournament over UNB.
Second-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont., led the Gee-Gees in scoring with 22 points, nine rebounds. Third-year center Shamus Ferguson, Toronto, Ont., and second-year forward Christopher Anderson, Ottawa, Ont., both went on to finish with double-doubles, recording 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 points, 11 rebounds, respectively.
“I thought especially for the first half today they did an excellent job,” explained Derouin. “In the second half, [with] a young team dealing with a big lead, clearly we had a let-down. But we were also able to rest some guys and get ready for tomorrow. So I’m happy, but we have two more tough games this weekend and we’ll see how it goes. ”
The Jack Donohue tournament resumes tomorrow evening, with McGill taking on UNB at 6:00 p.m. and the uOttawa Gee-Gees battling it out against the Laurier Golden Hawks at 8:00 p.m., both at Montpetit Hall. Tickets will be sold before the game in the lobby of Montpetit. For ticket prices, visit: https://www.geegees.ca/node/792&sid=13.
Friday, October 28, 2011
6:00 p.m. Laurier 62 vs. McGill 57