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Men’s Basketball: Hosting Toronto and Ryerson in Key Home Games

Thursday January 6, 2011

Men’s Basketball (2-6 OUA)

vs. Toronto Varsity Blues (6-2 OUA) on January 7, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall

vs. Ryerson Rams (2-6 OUA) on January 8, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall

The Gee-Gees will look to extend their winning streak this weekend as they host Toronto and Ryerson to open up the 2011 season. The Gee-Gees closed their OUA action in November with a 72-61 victory over McMaster and then followed that win up with a sweep of three victories at their holiday tournament at UQAM.

At the Classique des Citadins at UQAM, the Gee-Gees snatched a 65-62 victory over former Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro’s new team, McGill, on the opening day on December 28. The following day, the garnet and grey stormed to a 73-69 win over Bishop’s. And the Gee-Gees closed off the tournament with a 76-64 win over hosts UQAM on December 30, 2010.        

Fifth-year guard Louis Gauthier, Ottawa, Ont., was named to the tournament all-star team, accumulating 43 points and 17 rebounds over the three tournament games.

“The university schedule leave s a large break for exams and teams tend to take a step backwards [in the break]. Part of the Christmas break tournament idea was that teams need a game. The Christmas tournament is to get that out of your system before first week into league,” explained head coach James Derouin.

“We worked out some kinks and put in some new stuff. We’re feeling pretty good about heading into the next semester. We accomplished what we wanted and the negative stuff [at the tournament] helped us become better as a team.”

The games this weekend are big for the Gee-Gees, as both are against teams in their own division who are either tied or ahead of them. “Games in your division are big and very important,” said Derouin, “And it’s difficult to win on the road, so when we have a chance to win at home, we have to take advantage.”

The Gee-Gees are currently ranked fifth in the OUA East, tied with Ryerson with a 2-6 record. Toronto is sitting second in the OUA East, just behind Carleton.

So with this perspective, the Gee-Gees head into a challenging and important weekend. And with their biggest games of the season this weekend at home, support from the fans will play a key role in giving the team that extra little boost.

Injuries:

-second-year forward Akeem Gardner, Brampton, Ont. – day to day

-third-year centre Jordan Vig, Barrie, Ont. – day to day

-second-year point guard Luc Minani, Ottawa, Ont. – out indefinitely