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Gee-Gees look to end first semester on a high note

Thursday November 29, 2012

Men’s Basketball (5-1 OUA)
@ Laurier (2-3 OUA) on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
@ Waterloo (0-5 OUA) on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

The uOttawa Gee-Gees will take their game on the road this weekend as they travel to Wilfrid Laurier University on Friday night and to the University of Waterloo on Saturday night. After losing the second game of the season to Windsor, the Gee-Gees have since gone on a four game winning streak in which three wins have been by large margins.

The big challenge for the Gee-Gees this weekend will be the Friday night tilt as they will face the Laurier Golden Hawks. They will have the difficult task of shutting down dominant guard Maxwell Allin who has just recently reached the 1 000 point mark in his university basketball career. He is also currently leading the OUA in scoring with 24.0 points per game.

On Saturday night the Gee-Gees will be visiting the University of Waterloo and will try to take advantage of the Warriors' struggles so far this season. The Warriors have yet to get into the winning column this season as they have posted a 0-5 record. Still, they have received good contribution from fourth year Washington native, Kyrie Coleman who has averaged 14.8 points per game while pulling down 8.0 rebounds per game this season.

“We are heading on the road and we want to come back with two wins to finish the last games of the semester on a high note," said head coach James Derouin. “Rebounding is still a bit of an issue for me because sometimes we like to go with a smaller lineup and it has been making us vulnerable on the glass. That is an issue that we will try to address this weekend.”

Thus far this season the Gee-Gees have gotten great performances from their rookies but no first year has stood-out quite as much as Mehdi Tihani. He has assumed an important role in his rookie season as he has backed up star point guard, Mike L’Africain. He has also been used in many important scenarios this season such as taking control of the point guard position in crucial moments during games. This has allowed L’Africain to play the guard position where he can utilise his outstanding three-point shooting more comfortably while opening up the floor for Tihani. As a result, the Gee-Gees have played with a diverse style of play when he is on the floor which has made them dangerous this season.  

“Physically Mehdi is not a true rookie, he has had time to mature, where some of our rookies aren’t physically mature enough yet to assume roles like that. To be honest, he has changed the look of this team in a way. His toughness is contagious because everyone seems to play a little bit harder when he is on the court,” said Derouin.