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Men’s Basketball Weekend Preview: in Kingston for RMC and Queen’s

Thursday January 13, 2011

Men’s Basketball (3-7 OUA)
@ RMC (0-11 OUA) on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
@ Queen’s (2-9 OUA) on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

The Gee-Gees will travel down to Kingston this weekend for their only weekend on the road in the month of January. The Gee-Gees will take on the winless RMC Paladins on Friday and follow that up with a game against Queen’s on Saturday.

After splitting their opening 2011 weekend, losing by four points to Toronto on Saturday and then rebounding to a 12 point win over Ryerson the following night, the Gee-Gees will be looking to increase their winning record this weekend. With this weekend being the half-way point in the season for the Gee-Gees, having already played 10 games and having 12 remaining, they are headed into must-win situations to keep their playoff prospects strong.

“These are a stretch of games that we feel like we have to win,” said head coach James Derouin, “At three and seven [record], every weekend is a big weekend. We can’t afford any more losses.”

“We’ve won five of our last six games and we’re definitely looking to go on the road and get two wins and keep the ball rolling.”

First-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont., was named this week’s uOttawa male athlete of the week for his outstanding 29 point, 3 rebound, 4 assist and single turnover performance against Ryerson. Berhanemeskel currently sits 15thin the OUA for scoring, the highest position for any Gee-Gee.

As the Gee-Gees near the hallway point in the season, Derouin identified the team is coming together well. “I think the roles are being identified. We’ve moved some guys around [and]  we’ve found who’s going to play and the roles that they’re going to fit and the minutes they are going to play. With our team, we’ve got a real collection of different kinds of players. But I think we’ve figured it out and we’ve established who’s going to be our guys and this is about the time you want to find that.”

“We’re getting close to where we want to be,” concluded Derouin. And this weekend will be a crucial test of that for this young Gee-Gees team. 

Injuries:

-fifth-year forward Nemanja Baletic, Ottawa, Ont. – day to day

-second-year forward Ryan Malcolm-Campbell, Mississauga, Ont. – day to day