It was a one sided affair on Sunday afternoon when the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and the University of Toronto Varsity Blues tipped off to conclude the 38th annual Jack Donohue tournament. The Gee-Gees took the early lead and never looked back as they took the win with a final score of 88-57.
Ottawa looked confident early on as they started the game with three unanswered three pointers. With strong play on both sides of the ball they were able to give themselves with a comfortable 48-23 lead heading into halftime.
Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel made many sharp plays for Ottawa and for the third night in a row led all Gee-Gees in scoring with 21 points and eight rebounds. Among many plays Berhanemeskel displayed his passing ability as he completed an outstanding assist to center Jordan Vig who finished the play with a dunk.
Veteran Guard Warren Ward also contributed offensively by spreading the floor and creating scoring opportunities. He finished the game with 15 points and three assists while shooting 60 per cent from the field. “The most important thing for me right now is finding my rhythm and fitting in with the team,” said Ward after the game.
Ottawa completed the tournament with a 2-1 record which includes two strong victories and one close loss. “After Friday night we changed some things offensively and created more ball circulation which made us much more dangerous for the next two games,” commented head coach James Derouin. “We are much more effective offensively when the ball is moving because every single player on this team has the ability to finish the play.”
The Gee-Gees will look to continue their winning ways next Wednesday as they face Concordia University at Monpetit Hall at 5:30 p.m.