MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-2 OUA, 11-6 OVERALL)
Host Waterloo (3-1 OUA) Friday, November 20, 8:00 p.m. Montpetit Hall (125 University). (SSN Canada)
Host Laurier (1-3 OUA) Saturday, November 21, 8:00 p.m. Montpetit Hall (125 University). (SSN Canada)
*“We want to start winning these close games,” said head coach Dave DeAveiro. He explains that the team needs to be “attentive to detail” and has been focusing on “special game situations” in practice this week in order to prepare for future close game scenarios and execute more efficiently.
*The Gee-Gees defeated both Waterloo (81-57) and Laurier (79-71) last year and hold a 6-2 record against both of these teams in the regular season since 2001.
*The Gee-Gees are tied with Laurentian, Toronto and Ryerson for the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots in the OUA east standings, each holding a 2-2 record.
* Fifth-year guard, Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ontario) was this week’s uOttawa co-male athlete of the week. Gibson-Bascombe became the Gee-Gees new all time leading scorer last Friday night scoring 21 points in uOttawa’s 87-76 victory over the Western Mustangs and breaking Alex McLeod’s record of 1,167 career points that was established in 2007.
*Gibson-Bascombe is also currently ranked No. 5 in the OUA points per game standings, with an average 20.25 points per game, closely followed by second-year teammate Warren Ward (London, Ont.) at No. 8, averaging 19.25 points per game.
*Fourth-year forward Louis Gauthier (Ottawa, Ont.) is suffering a lower body injury and it is not yet determined whether he will be able to play this weekend.
* “We are preparing for two different styles [of play] this weekend” added DeAveiro. Waterloo plays a very strong defence, while Laurier is capable of scoring a lot.