Men’s Basketball (3-0 tournament, 3-5 overall, 0-0 OUA)
Hosted McGill (1-2 tournament) on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Jack Donohue Tournament at Montpetit Hall.
uOttawa – Chris Anderson 13 points, 6 rebounds; Vikas Gill 11 points, 1 rebound; Johnny Berhanemeskel 10 points, 2 rebounds
McGill – Winn Clark 18 points, 6 rebounds; Vincent Dufort 10 points, 2 rebounds; Tristan Renaud-Tremblay 8 points, 13 rebounds
It wasn’t the neatest of affairs, but a defensively strong Gee-Gees bested the McGill Redmen in Sunday afternoon’s Jack Donohue Tournament championship game 65-56. This is the first time the Gee-Gees have won their Jack Donohue tournament since 2007.
The Gee-Gees found success in the first half with their 3-pointers, adding 18 points from behind the arc on way to an 11 point lead at half. Second year point guard Jacob Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) had a perfect first half, going three for three in his three point shooting. Despite the Gee-Gees increasing their lead into the third frame, McGill kept up the pressure, coming within five points of the Gee-Gees in the fourth.
“We really wanted to work on executing, come out the weekend healthy and with a few wins,” said head coach James Derouin on his goals for the weekend, “And we pretty much got everything we wanted out of the weekend.”
Second-year forward Chris Anderson (Ottawa, Ont.) was named to the tournament all-star team and second-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) was named tournament MVP.
Beside tournament champions and tournament MVP, Berhanemeskel had even more to celebrate as today is his 19th birthday. “That added to everything,” said Berhanemeskel, “[But] these guys definitely made it possible; no one person does [it] on their own. Everyone came in and did their job. That’s what we focus on; as long as everyone does what they’re supposed to do then everything falls into place.”
“He’s incredible,” said Derouin on Berhanemeskel, “Where he is, just turning 19, his ceiling is unlimited. He’s a great player [and] he deserves all the success he gets.”
This weekend was the Gee-Gees final pre-season games before the start of the OUA regular season. Though still rough around the edges, this young uOttawa team shows there’s much to be excited about in Gee-Gees basketball this year. The Gee-Gees open their season November 11-12 on the road facing Brock and McMaster. The Gee-Gees home opener is November 18 at 8:00 p.m. as they host Windsor.
Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 11:00 a.m. – UNB 82 vs Laurier 76
UNB – Daniel Quirion 20 points, 1 rebound; Seth Amoah 16 points, 11 rebounds; Alex DesRoches 16 points, 7 rebounds
Laurier – Matthew Buckley 16 points, 13 rebounds; Travis Berry 13 points, 5 rebounds; Patrick Donnelly 11 points, 3 rebounds