Men’s basketball (5-4 OUA)
Visited Laurentian (2-7 OUA) on Friday, January 6, 2012, at the Ben Avery Gym in Sudbury, Ont.
uOttawa top scorers: Johnny Berhanemeskel, 25 points, 3 steals; Christopher Anderson, 18 points
The Gee-Gees showed the composure and decision-making skills needed to win close games as they pulled away from the Laurentian Voyageurs in the final quarter of an entertaining 91-80 Ottawa victory.
Both teams played aggressively and brought consistent quickness on offense in the early going, establishing the pace which would dictate most of the game. That style suited Christopher Anderson; he had a dunk to start the second quarter and was hustling after loose balls. Anderson, who came into the game to replace the injured Warren Ward, finished the game with 18 points, including a late put-back basket which helped to seal the win.
“We didn`t play great defense tonight, but we got the stops when we needed it,” said James Derouin, referring to the team`s ability to take the air out of Laurentian`s comeback effort. “We made some big plays tonight that helped us win a gut-check game.”
The Voyageurs tied the game in the third quarter, but the Gee-Gees’ three point shooters Vikas Gill, Johnny Berhanemeskel, and Mike L’Africain responded by hitting key shots down the stretch. “[L’Africain] had a quiet but effective night,” commented Derouin, praising his rookie point guard’s ability to guide the team in the fourth quarter. L’Africain recorded five assists and 15 points, without turning the ball over in 33 minutes on the floor.
Ward left the game after seven minutes of action when he fell on his knee. He is expected to play in tomorrow’s game against York. That game tips off at 8:00 p.m. and will be available on SSN Canada.