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Men’s basketball: at OUA Final Four at McMaster

Thursday March 3, 2011

Men’s Basketball (2-0 playoffs, 11-11 OUA)

At McMaster for OUA Final Four against Lakehead (1-0 playoffs, 17-5 OUA) for OUA semi-final playoff game on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. (live on The Score)

The Gee-Gees are one win away from a berth to the CIS Championships, and only one game on Friday against No. 7 nationally ranked Lakehead stands in the garnet and grey’s path.

The young Gee-Gees continue to astound as they are peaking in their season at the perfect moment and remain undefeated in the post-season. Propelled by a 25-point performance from third-year guard Warren Ward, London, Ont., and a 17-point showing from first-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont., the Gee-Gees pulled an upset win over No. 2 OUA East Toronto to advance in the playoffs and to the OUA Final Four.

“Warren has really bought into leadership role, playing both ends of floor, and an all-around game,” noted head coach James Derouin, “He’s at the top of his game, his numbers are spectacular.”

“Everyone’s buying in and playing great,” continued Derouin, “I’m extremely happy with how the team has come together.  They’re playing together as a team, offensively and defensively especially.”

With a win this weekend, the Gee-Gees would capture a berth to the CIS Championships Final 8 in Halifax. With a loss, the Gee-Gees hopes of reaching the CIS Championships would be slim to none as only one at large berth would remain.

In their only match-up this season which took place in November, the Thunderwolves squeaked away with a slim three-point 68-65 win.

Derouin was quick to note that this previous game took place “in a stretch where we were still figuring ourselves out. We’ve come a long way since then, but so has Lakehead. It should be an interesting game; both teams are completely different.”

This Friday’s game will be broadcasted live nationally on The Score, which Derouin highlighted, “It’s huge for our program, the school and Sports Services. Getting that exposure out there is a pretty incredible opportunity for our program.” Fans who can’t make it to McMaster should be sure to tune in live on The Score to catch all the action!

If the Gee-Gees win Friday against Lakehead, they will play in the Wilson Cup, OUA Final on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at McMaster against either Laurier or Carleton.