After yet another 2-0 weekend and extending their overall record to 22-0 the no. 1 ranked Gee-Gees are set to travel to Algoma University to take on the Thunderbirds. uOttawa has powered through its OUA competition thus far this season and will be looking to do the same with the lowly Thunderbirds (1-12) this weekend.
Almoga is coming off their first victory of the season - a 72-59 win over Nipissing. Almoga has struggled to produce points as they are near the bottom of the league in most offensive categories while being a bottom five team in rebounding numbers as well. The Gee-Gees being the highest scoring team in the nation will without a doubt attempt to exploit the Thunderbirds defence.
uOttawa will likely rest its starters this weekend, leaving the opportunity for some younger players in Brandon Robinson and Mackenzie Morrison to step in. The two rookies have seen limited time thus far this season and will be looking to make the most out of their opportunity.
"Every game from here on in is important, regardless of our opponent. We will take this game and continue to try and get better as we head into the home stretch of the season and playoffs," said head coach James Derouin. "We will definitely use this opportunity to play some of our young guys. I have been particularly happy with the play of Brandon Robinson of late. So we will try and get him in there on Friday."
Friday night’s game will be the third in a row away from Montpetit Hall for the Gee-Gees, a road trip that will span until late February for the club. “It’s not too hard to prepare for these games because we just know that playing on the road is going to be slightly more difficult than at home. We always have a game plan whether we are on the road or at home and as long as we stick to that we know we will be successful,” said Gee-Gees forward Caleb Agada.
The Gee-Gees will be without starting point guard Mike L'Africain for yet another weekend as he is still nursing a hand injury. The Oakville native is set to be re-evaluated next week.
The Friday night contest will be the lone game of the weekend and will take place at the regular 8 p.m. tip off time following the women’s game. Both games will be available via online broadcast on OUA.tv