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Gibson-Bascombe returns, Dessureault debuts on OUA all-star team

Wednesday March 4, 2009

1,000-point man
Gibson-Bascombe returns, Dessureault debuts  on OUA all-star team

Gee-Gees men's basketball guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe scored his 1000th career regular season point in 2008-09 en route to a third straight selection Wednesday on the first Ontario University Athletics men’s East division all-star team.

 

“I think I thrive on pressure,” said the Toronto native, who has led the Gee-Gees in scoring three straight years.

 

“My teammates trust me to take that shot, coach trusts me to take that shot, and I just don’t want to disappoint them.”

 

Gibson-Bascombe, the Gee-Gees top scorer (17.55 points-per-game) and rebounder (6.80 rebounds-per-game) this season, eclipsed the 1,000-point regular season scoring mark to finish the season with 1,130 career points, fourth-place on uOttawa’s all-time scoring list, just 37 points behind all-time scoring leader Alex McLeod (2002-06).

 

“He is not afraid to win a game,” said Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro.

 

Fifth-year post Dax Dessureault, who finished second in team rebounding (6.73 rpg) and third in scoring (15.23 ppg) was named a first-team all-star for the first time.

 

“Sweet, first-team,” said Dessureault, 22, who was also named Ken Shields award winner, for best combining athletics, academic and community service.

 

A four-time CIS Academic all-Canadian, Dessureault speaks to school groups about goal setting and values with a number of Gee-Gees in addition to a field placement with Operation Go Home, a drop-in centre for Ottawa street youth, as part of his studies in Criminology.

 

“It’s an honour – definitely good for my resume,” said Dessureault. “It’s nice to be recognized for what I do outside of basketball as well.”

 

“We’re lucky to have him represent our program,” said DeAveiro.

 

Gee-Gees rookie guard Warren Ward, a Brampton, Ont., native who scored just under 10 points (9.77 ppg) and pulled in more than four rebounds (4.09 rpg) per game, was named to the OUA all-rookie team.

 

2008-09 Men’s Basketball EAST All-Stars/Major Award Winners

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Stu Turnbull – Carleton

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
David Tyndale – York

 

 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Rob Saunders - Carleton

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dave Smart - Carleton

 

KEN SHIELDS AWARD

Dax Dessureault - Ottawa

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS (Rank Order)

Stu Turnbull – Carleton

Aaron Doornekamp – Carleton

Josh Gibson Bascombe – Ottawa
Boris Bakovic – Ryerson

Dax Dessureault - Ottawa

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS (Rank Order)

Nick Magalas - Toronto

Tut Ruach - York

Rob Paris - Toronto

Mitch Leger – Queen’s

Matas Tirilis - Laurentian

 

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM (Rank Order)

David Tyndale – York

Warren Ward – Ottawa

Josh Budd – Ryerson

Kyle Smendziuk – Carleton

John Lafontaine – York