The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team captured the OUA bronze medals with a 90-77 win over the Windsor Lancers on Saturday night at Ryerson University as part of the OUA Wilson Cup Final Four. The win marks the fourth straight season that uOttawa has medalled at the OUA Final Four.
Ottawa will now await the results of the CIS Final 8 seeding committee which must determine where to award the at large berth. The decision will be announced on Sunday afternoon.
Caleb Agada led the way with a double-double performance of 23 points and 12 rebounds as well as 8 assists and 4 steals. Agada was named the Porter Airlines Player of the Game for his efforts.
“We did it together today,” said Caleb Agada. “We all knew we had to step up. Being at nationals is a gift and not everyone gets that chance.”
“We came out with a win or go home attitude. We knew that we had to get back on track,” said Matt Plunkett, who added 16 points including four three-pointers. “We’ve had a good season and we feel that we’ve put ourselves in a good position to be considered [for the at large berth]”
A three-point bucket from Mike L’Africain tied the score at 19-19 at the end of the first quarter before the Gee-Gees took the lead in the second with three of Plunkett’s treys factoring in. Ottawa used full court pressure in the second quarter to help up the tempo and also took advantage of solid play down low from Nathan McCarthy. Later, Brody Maracle took a charge to add to the energy on the Gee-Gees side.
Agada’s scoring was steady throughout the contest as Ottawa grew a 44-38 halftime lead to a more comfortable lead in the second half.
“We talked about getting back to the way we play and from the opening tip you saw the ball movement, you saw us playing together offensively which was good to see.”
Windsor’s Alex Campbell kept coming at Ottawa, finishing with a game-high 24 points. He and Isiah Osborne scored all but four of the Lancers’ 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Ottawa shot 49 per cent from the field and won the rebounding battle 46-36.