MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-2 OUA, 12-6 OVERALL)
Hosted Waterloo Warriors (3-2 OUA). (SSN Canada)
Waterloo 33 66
uOttawa 39 74
Cam McIntyre, 21 points - Waterloo
Matt Riendeau, 20 points, 15 rebounds - uOttawa
In a comeback final quarter, the Gee-Gees claimed a 74-66 victory over the Waterloo Warriors.
The Gee-Gees took the initial lead and were ahead 39-33 heading into the half. After a tough third quarter and getting outshot by 11 points, the Gee-Gee had ground to make up trailing by five points heading into the final quarter. But the Gee-Gees came out hard in the fourth quarter securing their victory over the Warriors.
Head Coach Dave DeAveiro says coming into the third quarter, “we were just standing around on offence a lot. We were confused.” But in the end, he says “our kids played extremely hard.”
First-year rookie Kemeish Edwards (Brampton, Ont.) had a stellar final quarter sinking two free throws to take the lead and a three pointer to further secure the Gee-Gees win late in the fourth quarter.
“Tonight, Kameish was a big lift for us coming off the bench. He was the difference coming down the stretch. Sometimes you need a lift from a bench guy,” says DeAveiro.
Third-year guard Matt Riendeau (Ottawa, Ont.) led the Gee-Gees in scoring with 20 points and in rebounding with 15 grabs. Riendeau went four for four on his free throws and is currently third in the OUA for his 62% field goal percentage.
Heading into the third quarter, Riendeau says “We had to pick up our defence and intensity.” Keys for tomorrow night would be to do the same and “keep crashing the boards.”
Fourth-year forward Louis Gauthier (Ottawa, Ont.) was not dressed for tonight’s game due to a lower body injury. It is not likely that he’ll play tomorrow’s game either.
The Gee-Gees action will continue tomorrow night as they take on the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks at 8:00pm at Montpetit Hall (SSN Canada).