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Ottawa and McGill undefeated after Day Two

Saturday October 29, 2016
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Ellen Bond

The OUA picked up a pair of games on Day Two of the 2016 Jack Donohue Tournament, evening the tournament table at 3-3 with the RSEQ teams in the new conference head-to-head format. The host Gee-Gees and the McGill Redmen remain 2-0 and will play for the tournament crown on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Gee-Gees scrapped for a 74-68 victory over the Concordia Stingers, with Caleb Agada stuffing the stat sheet. The fifth-year reigning national defensive player of the year scored 22, grabbed 11 boards, dished out eight assists and picked up six steals. After a 38-38 first half, back-to-back treys by Adam Presutti helped Ottawa take charge early in the third. The Stingers kept the tempo up and the score close, until Ottawa stretched it out to a double-digit advantage in the fourth. 

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“Part of the reason for scheduling the tournament this way is they play tough, hardnosed defence, they get into people, they compete,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin of the RSEQ competition. “They punched us back, but Caleb and Adam responded with some big plays. It was a grind and it’s a good win."

The Waterloo Warriors pulled out an overtime win against the Bishop’s Gaiters, coming back from an early 16 point deficit. Bishop’s had a chance to win it in regulation, down one point with 3.5 seconds to play but spilt the free throws. Waterloo was led by 22 point performances from Jon Ravenhorst and Mike Pereira, while Simon Petrov was impressive down the stretch and finished with 14 points. David Belanger was the top scorer for Bishop’s; after being limited to two points yesterday against Ottawa he poured in 24 points on 11-13 shooting.

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McGill improved its tournament record to 2-0 and its overall CIS preseason record to 6-1 with a 72-67 win over Toronto. Jenning Leung had a huge performance for McGill, posting 28 points including 7-8 shooting from long distance. The senior guard from Philippines had 14 points in the tournament opener against Waterloo. On Saturday, Toronto mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter after trailing by double-digits throughout the contest. Devin Johnson was the leading scorer for the Blues with 22 points, ten of which were free throws.

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