Men’s Basketball (0-0 OUA)
At Brock (0-0 OUA) on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
At McMaster (0-0 OUA) on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
The Gee-Gees will open their season with a road trip to two of their OUA West counterparts, Brock and McMaster.
The Gee-Gees enter pre-season rankings just shy of the CIS top ten, coming in at 11th behind OUA competition Carleton in first, Lakehead at fourth, Windsor in ninth and Laurier at tenth.
“We’re on the road in the OUA West which is always extremely difficult,” said Derouin who purposely set up the pre-season to give his rookies experience on the road and is hoping that will help this weekend as the Gee-Gees make their first trip to the OUA West, “We have new guys, and it’s the first time they’ve seen these gyms, been on league games on the road; it’s always a challenge. Hopefully we sped it up so our young guys and new guys are prepared.”
The Gee-Gees had a successful and challenging pre-season, which began in August and saw the team face many competitive teams from the United States. The Gee-Gees finished with a 6-6 pre-season record, helped large in part by their three wins and tournament championship at their own Jack Donohue tournament.
The Gee-Gees are heading into the regular season with an almost full roster after spending much the pre-season looking to get players healthy. “We don’t have everybody back, but we actually have 12 players for the first time in a long time,” said head coach James Derouin.
Fourth-year centre Jordan Vig (Barrie, Ont.) and third-year forward Ryan Malcolm-Campbell (Mississauga, Ont.) are back in the line-up returning from injury. Though the Gee-Gees may still have to wait a few weeks to see first-year guard Serge Grenon (Cantley, Qué.) and third-year forward Akeem Gardner (Brampton, Ont.) back on the court. Fourth-year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) is also returning to a consistent spot in the Garnet and Grey line-up, after spending almost six weeks of the summer and fall at international competition representing Canada at both the FISU and PanAm games.
“We’ve had so many games with different people in and out of the line-up, so we haven’t had our full roster,” said Derouin, “We haven’t really found a rhythm with everybody. We played extremely well in our tournament last weekend which is nice, but now with some people coming back and some different personalities, we’ll have to try to spend this week to develop the chemistry with everyone back. Hopefully we can do that in time for Friday and Saturday.”