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Gee-Gees top Laurentian 93-72

Sunday January 12, 2014
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Richard A. Whittaker

Johnny Berhanemeskel scored 29 points to lead the no. 2 ranked Gee-Gees to a 93-72 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ont., on Saturday night. The game featured two of the nation’s top four scorers in Berhanemeskel and Laurentian’s Alex Ratte, whom Ottawa held to 22 points.

Berhanemeskel benefitted from Ottawa’s success in transition in the early going as the teams raced out of the gates. Ottawa led 30-24 at the end of the opening quarter and then clamped down on Laurentian in the second frame with Ratte on the bench in foul trouble to hold a 51-33 halftime lead.

 “We want to run – we think that if we play at a high pace it’s better for us,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin of the quick first quarter.

The Voyageurs received 15 points in support from Ryan Bennett as they pushed to within nine of Ottawa’s lead throughout the second half.

The Gee-Gees starting five as a whole were an efficient crew on offence, combining for 85 points on 56 per cent shooting. Sophomore wing Caleb Agada netted 20 points and six rebounds and fourth-year post Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue had a solid performance with 17 points and 11 rebounds. “He usually hits his stride at this time of the season,” said Derouin of Gonthier-Dubue. “This game is a great sign that he is back on track.”

Defensively, it was Agada, Terry Thomas, and Mehdi Tihani tasked with containing Ratte at various points in the evening. The close attention limited the Voyageur star to 9-24 shooting from the field. As a team Laurentian shot 34 per cent while Ottawa cruised along at a 51 per cent clip.

The Gee-Gees complete a difficult two-game road trip with two victories and return to Ottawa to host five games in a row, starting with the Toronto Varsity Blues and the Ryerson Rams on January 17 and 18, followed by the Capital Hoops Classic on January 21.

BOX SCORE 

Teams

1

2

3

4

F

Ottawa

30

21

22

20

93

Laurentian

24

9

27

12

72