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Men’s Basketball Holiday Preview: at UQAM Tournament

Monday December 20, 2010

Men’s Basketball (2-6 OUA)

@ UQAM Citadins Christmas Classic 2010 on December 28-30, 2010.

vs. McGill (3-2 RSEQ) on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

vs. Bishop’s (0-6 RSEQ) on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

vs. UQAM (2-3 RSEQ) on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

The Gee-Gees will travel to Montreal this holiday season for the UQAM Citadins Christmas Classic on December 28-30, 2010.

The Gee-Gees already played both Bishop’s and UQAM in pre-season play, triumphing 64-62 over Bishop’s on October 6 and winning 80-62 over UQAM at their own Jack Donohue Tournament.

In their upcoming match against McGill, the Gee-Gees will play former head coach Dave DeAveiro’s new team. Though Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin is quick to assure there are no hard feelings or scores to settle, “It’ll be fun; we’re looking forward to it and will enjoy it. We’ll be playing each other a lot [in the future], and this first one, it’s going to be fun.

“Both our programs are in similar states – they’re in the middle of the pack, not completely rebuilding but on their way up. We’re very evenly matched.”

Though with only limited injuries in the fall, the Gee-Gees are excited to have third year guard Warren Ward, London, Ont., and second year point guard Luc Minani, Ottawa, Ont., back to full health.

“When we’re healthy, we feel like we can compete with anybody,” said Derouin, “We had some bad breaks against some really great teams [in the first half of the season].” 

The Gee-Gees closed off the first half of their regular season with a much-needed 72-61 win over McMaster on November 27. Ending the season with a win definitely set a positive tone for the team, and Derouin says they just “want to keep it going and turn this into a winning streak.”

“The focus [this tournament] is not winning the tournament, but preparation for our January 7 and 8 home games. They are two home games, both teams ahead of us in our division and these games are must win situations. They’ll be our two biggest games of the season so far. Our Christmas focus is being ready for those two games,” concluded Derouin.