Men’s Basketball (11-11 OUA, 1-0 playoffs)
Hosted Laurentian (7-15 OUA, 0-1 playoffs) for an OUA playoff game on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (Rogers, SSN Canada)
Warren Ward 24 points, 6 rebounds; Louis Gauthier 21 points, 4 rebounds - uOttawa
Mike Hull 18 points, 9 rebounds; Shavaan Sheldon 17 points, 3 rebounds; Isiah Pasquale 17 points, 8 rebounds - Laurentian
The Gee-Gees are right on track with their season with tonight’s 83-75 OUA playoff win over the Laurentian Voyageurs.
The Gee-Gees went to work early and built up a solid 13 point lead through the second part of the first frame, thanks largely in part third-year guard Warren Ward, London, Ont., who contributed more than half, in 14 of the Gee-Gees first quarter points. Laurentian stormed out to own the second quarter, cracking the Gee-Gees defense and stealing the lead by the half time break.
The third quarter saw the return of Gee-Gees starters, fifth-year forward Louis Gauthier, Ottawa, Ont., and Ward, and also the return of the lead. Gauthier was unstoppable under the net, first-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont., was deadly accurate at the free throw line, and Ward continued to produce steals and baskets as the Gee-Gees jumped back to a twelve point lead.
Unlike the first half, this time the Gee-Gees maintained their momentum and lead, and despite a late push by the Voyageurs, ensured their continued presence in the OUA playoffs with the six point win.
“Credit to Laurentian,” said head coach James Derouin, “After that first period, we came out real strong; I thought that we had them down, and they just kept fighting and fighting and they played a great second quarter. We adjusted at half time and had a great third quarter and that was the difference in the game, how we were able to bounce back from the second quarter.”
Five Gee-Gees cracked the double digits in a well-rounded scoring summary tonight, Ward finished with 24 points, Gauthier followed with 21, Berhanemeskel and first-year rookie forward Chris Anderson, Ottawa, Ont., each snagged 12 and third-year point guard Jacob Gibson-Bascombe, Toronto, Ont., also finished with 10.
“That’s become out team a little bit; we always have a mental lapse,” noted Ward on the second quarter, “And if we can play four quarters, we’ll win every single game.”
“Overall, we played a really good game, a really good defensive game. We stuck to the game plan - in spurts. That’s what I’m most happy about,” continued Ward, “We do it in spurts, but if we can do it for forty minutes, we’ll be that much better.”
The Gee-Gees will now travel to OUA East No. 2 Toronto (14-8 OUA, 0-0 playoffs) on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. for an OUA quarter-final match-up.