Men’s Basketball (18-4 OUA, 28-9 overall)
Host Queen’s (11-11 OUA, 1-0 playoff) Saturday, February 27, at Montpetit Hall for OUA East semi-final
*The Gee-Gees were ranked No. 5 in the CIS top-ten this week.
*The Gee-Gees lost a very close game to Carleton last Saturday in their final regular-season game, falling 87-86 in overtime.
*The winner of this game will advance to the OUA East finals on Saturday, March 6, to play the winner of the Carleton vs. York OUA East semi-final game.
*The Gee-Gees finished the season No.2 in the OUA East and the Gaels No. 4.
*The Gee-Gees defeated Queen’s 81-61 at home on January 23 and 72-59 on the road February 12.
*Fifth-year guard and Gee-Gees all-time leading scorer Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) continues to lead the CIS in assists with 137 and is also third in steals (53) and fourth in points (443).
*“Our focus against Queen’s will be on making it difficult for big players like [Mitch] Leger,” said Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro.
*Queen’s fourth-year forward Mitch Leger (Kingston, Ont.) is a dominant force for the Gaels, as he continues to lead the CIS standings in rebounds per game with 11.9. Leger is also third in total points (449) and fifth in points per game (21.4).
*Coming into their first playoff game with two veteran players – Gibson-Bascombe and Donnie Gibson (Kingston, Ont.) – who are both are graduating at the end of the season, DeAveiro believes the team’s desire to ensure a CIS appearance for these two players may play “a small factor” in motivating his team throughout this game and any possible future playoff games, but for the most part, he states: “I hope they’re doing it because they want to be there.”