Men’s basketball (3-7 OUA)
Hosted Ryerson (2-8 OUA) Saturday, January 8, 2011, 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall in Ottawa, Ont.
The uOttawa Gee-Gees men’s basketball team was back in action Saturday for their second game in as many nights, and after dropping a close one to Toronto last night. With that defeat fresh on their minds, the Gee-Gees knew they had to take care of business tonight against the Ryerson Rams.
Things started out a little shaky for the garnet and grey as they looked a little unorganized in the offensive zone. However, they would quickly regain their form and begin to take it to Ryerson midway through the first quarter. First-year forward Christopher Anderson, Ottawa, Ont., would pace his team with 8 points to a 25-17 lead Gee-Gees lead to close out the first frame.
The Gee-Gees came out on fire to start the second quarter in knocking down three straight three pointers from third-year guard Jacob Gibson-Bascombe, Toronto, Ont., and first-year guard Johny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont. At this point the Gee-Gees were able to settle into a groove and extend their lead. They would hold a double-digit lead over the Rams for much of the second quarter to finish 48-36 at the half.
The game would resemble much of the same in the second half with Ryerson trying to chip away at the lead, but the Gee-Gees would not allow it. Fifth-year centre Louis Gauthier, Ottawa, Ont., came up huge and scoring 11 of his 17 points in the third quarter alone to help stave off any sort of comeback by the Rams. Yet, it was the play of Gee-Gees rookie sensation Johny Berhanemeskel down the stretch that would keep in the game in hand for the Gee-Gees; he finished as the game’s top scorer with 29 points.
Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin was pleased to finally get the result they were looking for: “Losing close games seems to be our MO right now for our team. But we’re competing with the top top teams in the league right now, I mean we’ve probably had four losses under five points with some of the top ten teams in the country. The win is important, this is a win we had to get.”
Derouin was also pleased with his team’s ability to stick to the game plan: “When we score out of our defense, with our defensive rebounding and defensive pressure, we are a much better team. We made sure to emphasize that tonight.”
Finally, Derouin continues to be impressed with the play of his top rookie Johny Berhanemeskel: “We moved him into the starting lineup to get his confidence back and get him more involved. He’s a key to our team, and he came back tonight and made twenty-nine points, three boards, four assists, and only one turnover. That’s a spectacular night, that’s an eighteen year old rookie who continues to do some amazing things.”
The Gee-Gees will now hit the road to take on RMC and Queen’s next weekend.