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No. 1 ranked Gee-Gees hit the road

Thursday November 12, 2015
Gee-Gees in action.
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Richard A. Whittaker

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team has just one road trip to handle before the December exam break and it comes this weekend with the team visiting Lakehead (1-1) and Guelph (1-1).

All OUA regular season games, home and away, are broadcast on OUA.tv.

Ottawa had no trouble opening the season with wins at home, shooting 50.8 per cent from the field and draining 26 three-pointers. The Gee-Gees were locked down defensively as well, surrendering just 113 points over the two games and recording 14 steals and 7 blocks.

Contributions came from all over the lineup as the Gee-Gees feature four new players on the dress roster and second-year Brandon Robinson steps into a starting role. Point guard Mike L’Africain led the squad with 21.5 points per game while Caleb Agada and Matt Plunkett recorded double-doubles. That depth will be key for Ottawa as the tough trip from Lakehead to Guelph leaves little time for recovery between games.

Lakehead and Guelph met each other twice in Thunder Bay last week with Lakehead winning the opener 65-64 and Guelph coming back with 61-50 win on Saturday. Those low-scoring games have been typical of the Thunderwolves since last season, when the team ranked 34th in points scored but 14th in points allowed. Last season, Ottawa scored an 89-76 win over Lakehead.

Guelph, 8-11, in 2014-15, was also at the UBC tournament which the Gee-Gees swept to open up the October exhibition calendar. The Gryphons and Gee-Gees did not meet, but played the same opponents and Guelph was 0-3 including 11-point losses to Alberta and UBC.

Of note, Guelph was 6-3 at home in 2014-15 while Lakehead went 7-2, underlining the difficulty this road trip poses for visiting teams. The Gee-Gees won a close 80-75 contest at Lakehead when they last made the trip in November of 2013.