Men’s Basketball (11-6 OUA)
Hosted York (3-14 OUA) on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Monpetit Hall
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
uOttawa 16 23 23 30 92
York 9 16 15 21 61
uOttawa – Johnny Berhanemeskel 27 points, 4 rebounds; Vikas Gill 18 points; Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue 12 points, 9 rebounds
York – David Tyndale 17 points, 2 rebounds; Aaron Rados 12 points, 5 rebounds
It wasn’t the prettiest of affairs, but it was a win all the same for the Gee-Gees who downed York in a 92-61 win at Montpetit Hall. With tonight’s win, the Gee-Gees have reached their 11-game win marker that they ended their season at last year, but with five games still remaining this season.
The opening minutes of the first quarter were messy on all fronts, with the Gee-Gees scraping together a five point lead after 10 minutes. First-year forward Vikas Gill (Ottawa, Ont.) opened the second quarter with a pair of threes to set the Gee-Gee offense up for a 12-point run.
Second-year forward Chris Anderson (Ottawa, Ont.) had a nice throw-down on a steal from second-year forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (Gatineau, Qué.) to open the third. Second-year guard Johnny Berhandemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) ended the quarter with back-to-back treys.
Early in the fourth, York’s David Tyndale drained a deep three, but rookie point guard Mike L’Africain (Oakville, Ont.) was quick to respond with one of his own. Berhanemeskel downed two threes within seconds of each other again midway through the fourth, zapping the energy out of an already depleted York offence.
Gill and Berhanemeskel dominated from the perimeter for the Garnet and Grey tonight, each contributing five three-pointers and leading the charge on the Gee-Gees' 55% three-point field goal percentage. Berhanemeskel finished with 27 points on the game, Gill 18 points while Gonthier-Dubue added 12 points and nine boards.
“Our defensive energy was night and day different from yesterday; we came out physical with a bit more of a chip on our shoulders,” said head coach James Derouin on the difference in his team’s play from last night’s loss to tonight. “The crowd could feel the energy difference tonight. I would cheer for our team tonight; I wouldn’t cheer for the team that played yesterday.”
“It’s difficult sometimes, you get relaxed, think that you’re comfortable,” said Derouin, “We don’t play well when we’re comfortable. We can’t relax without Warren; we have to play hard the whole game.”
“Our effort is what’s going to make us, especially without Warren,” echoed Berhanemeskel, “That energy, every minute matters.”
The Gee-Gees will need that full energy and effort as they rematch against the rival Ravens next Friday night, February 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at Carleton for their only game of the weekend.