After being on the road and travelling across the province for the past two weekends, the Gee-Gees will be back at Monpetit Hall this weekend for their final home games before the winter break. Over the weekend they will welcome the Waterloo Warriors on Friday night followed by the Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday.
The Gee-Gees have had one of their strongest starts in program history as they enjoyed a perfect pre-season and now have yet to lose in the regular season. Their 6-0 season record has launched them into a no. 2 national ranking. The competition in the OUA East standings is as tight as ever however with Ottawa, Carleton and Laurentian tied in first place with perfect records; the potential to fall in the standings is only one loss away.
“It’s important that we remain focused and humble because with the way the standings are right set right now, it leaves us with very little margin for error,” said head coach James Derouin. “The fact that the standings are so close is a good thing though because it keeps us on our toes all the time and at a high level of focus. A slight slip up could send us down the standings so I think we benefit from the pressure.”
Despite being winless in their first five games of the season the Waterloo Warriors could still pose a threat to the Gee-Gees as they have played in close games throughout the season, most recently suffering a narrow 61-57 defeat to the 4-2 Queen’s University Gaels. Jaspreet Gill currently leads the Warriors in scoring with 16.2 points per game.
Saturday will, once again, not be an easy test for the Gee-Gees as they will welcome Maxwell Allin and the Laurier Golden Hawks to Monpetit Hall. Allin has been a fantasy team’s dream this season, producing in virtually all aspects of the game. He is currently averaging 21.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while having made the most three-pointers in the country with 24 threes made.
As a team, the Golden Hawks hold a record of 3-3 and are coming off a 90-83 loss to the York Lions last Saturday night. Laurier is a hardnosed team with many offensive weapons. They are currently ranked fifth in the country in points scored per game and ranked sixth in three-pointers per game. As result, many are expecting a shootout between two sharp shooting teams this Saturday night.
“When you are ranked second in the country, opposing teams always play you extremely hard. At this point we are happy with our record but can’t afford any unexpected losses so it’s important that we remain really focused on every given night,” said third-year Vikas Gill. “Laurier is an extremely talented team with many offensive weapons that we need to be aware of. It should be a real shootout so we have to make sure that we come ready to play a good game.”
Although the Gee-Gees have dazzled on offence this year, Derouin points out that the team still has room for growth and improvement. “The offence we have been producing has been fun to watch but we still have some serious concerns on the defensive end that need to be addressed. When we get into big games against very defensive teams we can’t just rely on our offence because if we are having a cold offensive night then we could run into trouble. We need to be able to make stops and lock down on the defensive end. So yes, we do have some things to address still,” said Derouin.
All Gee-Gees home games are broadcast live on SSN Canada.