After two successful games in Toronto last weekend, the no. 2 ranked Gee-Gees are looking to keep the ball rolling and extend their winning streak to five games when they continue their road trip in Kingston to take on the Queen’s Gaels on Friday night. They will also travel to York on the Saturday night to cap off the weekend and close out the road portion of the regular season schedule.
uOttawa holds down second place in the OUA East standings and thanks to an important win over the Ryerson Rams last weekend they will likely host the deciding playoff game which determines who will move on the OUA Final Four in Toronto later this month. Queen’s and York are both coming off 2-0 weekends and are battling for fourth place and the right to host a first-round playoff game.
The Gee-Gees will once again be looking to their leaders for offence as they have been a big part of the team’s success this season. Whether it be Terry Thomas’s career high 42 points two weeks ago versus Queen’s or Mike L’Africain’s career high 33 point game last weekend versus Toronto, uOttawa’s starters have been on fire as of late.
“It’s been fun. We’ve enjoyed winning so we hope than we can ride it out all the way. We all believe that we can do it,” Mike L’Africain said. “We played some really good defence against Ryerson last weekend so it was good to see that we can be an elite team on both sides of the ball and hold a top five team to only sixty-three points. It was all about extra effort and preparation. Now that it’s almost playoff time we’re all changing gears.”
Fourth-year Johnny Berhanemeskel has also been a key piece on the team this season. His most recent achievement however is a milestone that will be marked in Gee-Gees history as he moved past Warren Ward on the all-time points scored list. Berhanemeskel surpassed Ward’s total of 1479 by one point last Saturday night versus the Toronto Varsity Blues, moving him into second on the program’s all-time list.
“I know that Warren missed some time due to injury when he played here so his total would probably higher than it is. I just consider myself fortunate enough to have played right away in my first year so the past four years have just been an awesome experience,” said Berhanemeskel.
Berhanemeskel’s season average of 20.5 points per game alongside Thomas’ 20.3 makes them the highest scoring duo in the country. Queen’s is led by Greg Faulkner, 16.0 points per game, while forward Daniel Tulloch has paced the Lions with 18.7 per game to rank eleventh in the CIS.
Both games will be available via free online broadcast for fans wishing to catch the Gee-Gees in action. Tip off starts at 8 p.m. and will be available at SSN Canada.