Men’s Basketball (1-4 OUA)
@ Windsor (5-0 OUA) Friday November 19, 8:00 p.m.
The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team came to play tonight, and gave the Windsor a run for their money tonight. However it was Windsor who was able to edge the Gee-Gees 84-81 to stay perfect on the season and lead the OUA West division.
In the absence of Luc Minani and Warren Ward, the Gee-Gees knew they could only look to themselves, and need to step up their game. First-year guard Johny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont., led the Gee-Gees again tonight with 20 points, but it was the play of fifth-years Louis Gauthier and Nemanja Baletic that is exactly the Gee-Gees are expecting, and will need from their two veterans.
Nemanja finished with a double-double for 19 points and 10 rebounds; while Louis added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the garnet and grey. Third-year guard Jacob Gibson Bascombe, Toronto, Ont., also stepped up his offensive production with 13 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Head coach James Derouin was very encouraged by what he saw tonight: “It was back and forth, back and forth, back and forth; it was a hell of a game. Our guys played their hearts out. I mean we had a chance to beat a top ten team tonight.”
“It is the expectation level that I have for our guys. Jacob and Nemo in particular had a really strong game. I have been waiting for them to have a big games like that as older guys, and veterans on our team to step up and play like that,” added Derouin.
The Gee-Gees will try to pick up where they left off tomorrow night as they visit another top ten team, the Western Mustangs. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m. and will be broadcasted live from London via webcast on SSN Canada.