The University of Ottawa men’s basketball team ran its regular season record to 10-0 with another victory on Friday night; this time it was the Lakehead Thunderwolves who fell victim suffering a 89-76 loss.
The T-Wolves looked good out of the gates as they stayed neck and neck with uOttawa throughout the first half by playing an effective upbeat style on the defensive end of the floor. Still, uOttawa was able to take a slim 41-35 lead into the halftime break in what was shaping up to be a low scoring affair.
The start of the second half was more of the same as Lakehead was able to limit the Gee-Gees scoring chances until an offensive outburst from Johnny Berhanemeskel and Caleb Agada led the Gee-Gees to a 14-3 run midway through the third. The timely offensive output turned out to be the turning point in the contest as the Gee-Gees led through the fourth and cruised to the victory.
“I have to give them credit because when we stopped their penetration they were able to shoot the lights out. We felt like overall we looking a step slow out there tonight and bit sluggish but in the end we got the win and that’s what matters,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “There are certain things that don’t change regardless of the team you’re playing and tomorrow we have to be ready for that and put in a good performance.”
Ottawa’s dynamic duo of Agada and Berhanemeskel has been the key to Gee-Gees offence all season long and Friday night was no exception as the pair combined for 48 points on the night. Berhanemeskel finished with 26 points and five assists. Agada was finished the night with 22 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Fifth-year Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue had a big fourth quarter, notching 11 of his 16 points in the final frame.
“The important thing for us is coming through in tight situations and we were able to do that today in the third quarter.” said Agada.
Jamar Coke led the way on the score sheet for the T-Wolves scoring 21 points and three rebounds on 8-10 shooting on the night. Dwayne Harvey, Lakehead’s leading scorer, added 14 points.
The garnet and grey will be back on the court tomorrow when they take on the defensive Guelph Gryphons at Montpetit Hall. The game will tip off at 8 p.m following the women’s game and will available for online broadcast on OUA.tv