Despite having injuries to some important players the University of Ottawa men’s basketball team managed to win two out of three games this weekend at an exhibition tournament at McGill University in Montreal. Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue and Johnny Berhanemeskel were named tournament all-stars for their production on both sides of the ball over the three games.
The first game of the tournament was a close one for the Gee-Gees, who managed to come out on top with the 82-80 victory over Canada West powerhouse Trinity Western University. Johnny Berhanemeskel had a stand out performance for the garnet and grey that saw him score 26 points and 8 assists.
On day two the Gee-Gees were victorious against OUA foes Wilfrid Laurier with a final score of 99-75. For a second straight day, Berhanemeskel displayed his dominance as he lead the way for Ottawa, scoring 27 points and 9 assists.
On day three, the Gee-Gees played the University of McGill`s Redmen in the tournament final, in which they lost a disappointing match, 85-63. In spite of playing with a dislocated thumb, point guard Mike L’Africain, led the way for Ottawa with 16 points. Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue also contributed offensively with 14 points of his own.
“We had a disappointing performance on Sunday but overall the weekend was a success,” said head coach James Derouin. “Hopefully we will have everyone healthy for next weekend so we can finally see how this team looks with all the pieces in place.” Warren Ward, Dimitrios Seymour, Matt Nelson and Caleb Agada did not take part in the tournament due to injury but they are expected to play at home this weekend.
The University of Ottawa will be hosting the annual Jack Donohue tournament this weekend at Montpetit Hall. Ottawa will be facing Bishop’s University, UQAM and the University of Toronto. The full tournament schedule and times are available here.