It didn’t take long for the Gee-Gees’ shooters to catch fire in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Varsity Blues. After building a 39-18 halftime lead, the number eight ranked Gee-Gees rode a 57 per cent field goal shooting performance to a lopsided 94-51 win.
Moe Ismail (Hamilton, Ont.) put on a show in the fourth quarter, hitting three straight baskets from downtown. The first-year wing player shot 5-for-5 from long range on the night, finishing with 16 points in just twelve minutes of action.
Other Gee-Gees freshmen had the chance to shine in front of the home crowd as well. Centre Ryan Evans picked up nine points, Caleb Agada bucketed eight, and Matt Plunkett’s highlight reel plays at the end of the game gave him nine on the night.
Ismail’s shooting performance was part of a 14-for-24 three-point display by the garnet and grey, who now lead the CIS in team three point percentage with a season average of 41.3 per cent. The Gee-Gees made six three pointers in the fourth quarter alone, outscoring Toronto 32-17 in the final frame.
Mike L’Africain, who accumulated nine assists in the game, added to the showtime atmosphere of the fourth quarter performance with a no-look dish to Plunkett on a 3-on-1 transition play. Plunkett then scored the final basket of the game with an impressive one-handed dunk in transition.
“Mike was just fantastic tonight – they were getting out in transition and playing the way they play. They played with confidence tonight, which is good to see,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin of his rookies.
“We’ve been in some situations this year where we’ve been ahead and ended up having a negative fourth quarter,” Derouin continued. “Tonight I thought they did what they were supposed to do – they didn’t stop playing, which is what you want as a coach for sure.”
L’Africain also drained three treys on the way to 11 points. Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue also had a solid night, registering 14 points and nine rebounds for Ottawa, while Johnny Berhanemeskel and Warren Ward also reached double digits at 14 and 10 points apiece.
Toronto’s Alex Hill netted twelve points to lead the Varsity Blues, who shot just 33 per cent as a team and were often limited to wild shot selections.
The Gee-Gees run their record to 14-4, while Toronto falls to 2-15 in OUA action.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 15 24 23 32 94
Toronto 11 7 16 17 51