Men’s Basketball (3-3 OUA)
Hosting Laurier (6-0 OUA) on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
Hosting Waterloo (4-2 OUA) on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
The Gee-Gees will look to close the first half of their season on a high note, as they host Laurier and Waterloo and attempt to push their record solidly onto the winning side.
“It’s another big weekend,” said head coach James Derouin, “I’ve said since the beginning that Laurier is a top five team in the country.” Laurier is currently ranked eighth in the nation with their undefeated record.
The Gee-Gees hosted Laurier at their pre-season Jack Donohue tournament which saw the Gee-Gees triumph 90-59 though Derouin is barely even considering that game, “It’s a night and day difference; I won’t even watch the tape of that game. The only problem with it really is that we beat them by a lot and it’s a good motivator for them when they come in here. Since that game they’ve gone undefeated.”
The biggest difference from pre-season to now is the return of two of Laurier’s best players, including Kale Harrison who played with Gee-Gees fourth-year guard Warren Ward (Ottawa, Ont.) at both the FISU and PanAm games.
And the Gee-Gees are not to take Waterloo lightly either, as Derouin notes, “Waterloo is also a very strong team, a dangerous team. It’s going to be a tough weekend for sure; they’re both very good teams.”
“But we’re at home and so far we’re undefeated at home. We’ve had a hard time on the road and it’ll be nice to have a home court advantage like we did opening weekend,” emphasized Derouin, “We’re going to need the fans to have our backs and Friday night against Laurier we’re going to need the sixth man for sure.” Gee-Gees fans can purchase sixth man t-shirts at home games in support of the Gee-Gees man’s basketball team.
The Gee-Gees are still missing third-year forward Akeem Gardner (Brampton, Ont.) and first-year guard Serge Grenon (Cantley, Qué.) due to injury. Gardner’s return is looking promising for after Christmas, though Grenon is still unknown as he decides on timing for knee surgery.
Gee-Gees fans be sure to come out to Montpetit Hall on Friday and Saturday to support your men’s basketball team! Remember, uOttawa students get in for free!