Men’s basketball (1-1 tournament, 0-0 OUA, 2-2overall)
Hosted St. Francis-Xavier University (2-0 tournament) at the Jack Donohue Tournament at 8:00 p.m.
Johnny Berhanemeskel 19 points, Warren Ward 12 points - uOttawa
Alberto Rodriguez 18 points, Jeremy Dunn 12 points - St-FX
Despite a rough start, the Gee-Gees came back with a competitive finish in their 78-65 loss to St. Francis-Xavier in the second night of Jack Donohue Tournament action.
A disjointed Gee-Gees squad struggled to find their rhythm in the first quarter against a fast-paced, experienced X-Men team, and quickly fell behind, trailing 21-5 at the first quarter.
“You do everything you can as a coach to prepare your team for a big game but I think that you just have to go through it as a young player or inexperienced player. When you start the game [down] 21-5, it’s tough,” said head coach James Derouin.
Third-year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) infused some fresh life into the Gee-Gees, sinking five consecutive points at key times, both in the second and third quarter in addition to being a solid force on defence.
A more organized Gee-Gees team emerged in the second half, and with this stronger play, the Gee-Gees started adding up the points, scoring 45 points in the last two quarters, which is more than twice their entire first half.
“Once they realized they had nothing to be afraid of, then they went out there and competed,” said Derouin, “And we competed and we fought and I was really happy with how we turned a corner.”
First-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) continued to stack up the points again tonight with a stunning 10 points and a strong composure on defence in the final quarter and a total of 19 points on the game.
Ward recognized, “We didn’t come out real intense. But that’s just part of us being young…that’s part of the learning process. And now we know, we know how focused we have to come out.”
“The second quarter is a taste of what we’re capable of,” continued Ward, “It’s only going to be a matter of time before uOttawa is back up where we used to be.”
The Gee-Gees will take on the UQAM Citadins for their final game tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m.
University of Toronto (1-1 tournament) vs Université du Québec à Montréal (0-2 tournament)
At the Jack Donohue Tournament at 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Blues pull out tight win against Citadins
Alex Hill 23 points, 11 rebounds; Drazen Glisic 16 points, 10 rebounds - Toronto
Eric Coté-Kougnima 24 points, 10 rebounds; Vincent Lanctot-Fortier 14 points, 10 rebounds - UQAM
With both UQAM and Toronto looking to avenge losses in yesterday’s opening tournament action, the stage was set for today’s battle and resulting 94-88 win for the Varsity Blues.
The Citadins took the lead in the first quarter, though by the second frame, the Varsity Blues had found their rhythm and settled into a 12-point lead at half. But after a low second quarter, UQAM bounced back to gain 25 points again in the third capitalizing on Toronto’s penalty troubles.
The final quarter saw an intense, close battle for the victory, with UQAM tying the score at only four minutes remaining. But despite the Citadins valiant effort, Toronto would ultimately regain their footing and salvage the victory.
Both teams will conclude their tournament action tomorrow afternoon, as Toronto takes on St-FX at 12:00 p.m. and UQAM faces the hometown Gee-Gees at 2:00 p.m.