Men’s Basketball (4-4 OUA)
Hosted Waterloo (4-4 OUA) on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
uOttawa – Warren Ward 27 points, 6 rebounds; Vikas Gill 20 points, 3 rebounds Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue 17 points, 6 rebounds
Waterloo – Wayne Bridge 14 points, 5 rebounds; Mike Wright 14 points, 1 rebounds; Cam Mcintyre 10 points
The Gee-Gees evened out their record tonight with a 119-76 win over the visiting Waterloo Warriors to close the first half of their season second in the OUA East.
The Gee-Gees steadily built their lead over the Warriors as the game progressed, beginning with 10 points after the first, 20 at half and 30 to close the game. The Gee-Gees were off to a roaring start with a powerful first half offensive production of 63 points, finishing with a season high 119 points.
The Gee-Gees were especially successful from the three point zone, with fourth-year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) going four for five attempts, and rookie Mike L’Africain (Oakville, Ont.) going two for three, including a buzzer beater to close the first half. First-year forward Vikas Gill (Stittsville, Ont.) also went four for six on the night.
Ward led the Gee-Gees in scoring with a huge 27 point night, Gill followed close behind with 20 points. Second-year forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (Gatineau, Qué.) had a strong performance in tonight’s win, with 17 points and six rebounds. L’Africain finished with six assists in addition to his 14 points.
“We knew we needed to come out strong, last night was a heartbreaker,” said Gill, “And tonight, we came out strong, hitting our shots to start, unlike yesterday. And we had good energy, and that’s what you need to win.”
“The leadership from Warren [Ward] and Johnny [Berhanemeskel] from the start, from their quick start,” said head coach James Derouin as a key to the team’s win and high scoring, “We got on a roll quickly and that was really important for us tonight because of how heartbreaking last night was. We needed Warren and Johnny to come with energy and I thought they did right off the bat. The offense tonight was pretty awesome. We just got it going finally; I knew there’d be a night when we’d shoot the ball really well.”
“We’re okay with where we’re at,” said Gill on the first half of the season, “But we expected to be higher. A 4-4 record is alright, we’ll just have to do really well against the OUA East and hope we can keep the momentum going.”
“We want to get healthy a little bit,” said Derouin on the goals for the break, “The focus is really what we’ve been doing tonight, our transition game. We’ve really been pushing the ball a lot more and that’s something that we’re trying to incorporate over Christmas.”
The Gee-Gees will travel to Dalhousie for the Shoveller Tournament December 29-31 where they will face some tough competition, including the number two nationally-ranked St.FX. The Gee-Gees will begin the second half of their season when they take on their own division in the OUA East after the Christmas break as they travel to Laurentian and York on January 6-7, 2012.