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Men's basketball: Host Lakehead in OUA bronze medal game

Thursday March 11, 2010

Weekend Preview

Men’s Basketball (18-4 OUA, 1-1 playoff)

Host Lakehead (17-5 OUA, 1-1 playoff) at Montpetit Hall for the OUA bronze medal game, Saturday, March 13, 3:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

The No.6 uOttawa Gee-Gees will battle it out against the No. 9 Lakehead Thunderwolves this Saturday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m. at Montpetit in the OUA bronze medal game. Not only will the winner of this game capture the bronze medal, they will also secure themselves a spot in the CIS Championships next weekend, as Carleton already owns a CIS championship berth as hosts.

The Carleton Ravens defeated the Gee-Gees last Saturday at the Ravens’ Nest for their third time this season to end their chance at this year’s 2010 OUA title. Lakehead took a loss to the Windsor Lancers on the road last Saturday in the OUA West final game to meet against the Gee-Gees for their second time this season, and for their first in post-season history.

The Gee-Gees defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves by 37 points earlier this season on Saturday, November 28, to end their seven game winning streak (including their 76-73 upset over Carleton the night before) and give them their first loss of the season. 

Lakehead finished their regular season just one loss behind the Gee-Gees, with a 17-5 record. 

Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro explained that rebounding will be a key aspect to Saturday’s game, noting that “stopping their three-point shooting and keeping them off the glass” will be equally important.

Lakehead’s senior wing Andrew Hackner (Thunder Bay, Ont.) led the OUA standings this year in three point percentage with 46.8%.

“Preparation is going well,” added DeAveiro, despite many players battling colds. “Right now we’re more concerned about health [than the pressure of this game].”

With the national championships on the line, this is not an unfamiliar situation for the Gee-Gees. They hosted the OUA bronze medal game last year against Windsor, coming out on top 73-59 to secure the bronze medal and advance to the Final 8.