The Gee-Gees will attempt to be the victors of the annual Jack Donohue tournament for the second straight season - the tournament will be ongoing at Montpetit Hall this weekend. However the team expects strong pre-season competition to be standing in their way as they will be facing three well rounded teams.
On Friday night the Gee-Gees will play the Bishop's University Gaiters, who they were defeated by previously this pre-season in a close contest. Having lost by only three points at Bishop's, the team is ready to return the favor in front of their home crowd.
This match will be particularly entertaining for fans as Bishop’s has a total of four Ottawa native players who will be returning to their home town this weekend. These players include Jeremy Leonard-Smith, Jamil Abiad, Matt McLean and Scott Ring who also happens to be the older brother of Gee-Gees women’s basketball point guard,Kellie Ring.
On Saturday night, Ottawa will be facing very athletic l’UQAM Citadins who went 2-1 last weekend at the annual Laurentian exhibition tournament.
On Sunday, Gee-Gees fans will witness their team matchup versus their conference rivals, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. The Gee-Gees will have the task of shutting down the hot Varsity Blues who are fresh of a tournament victory last weekend in Laval.
Friday night will an important one for Gee-Gees fans as star guard, Warren Ward could be making his long anticipated return to the line-up for Ottawa. Ward has not suited up for the garnet and grey for the past 10 months as he suffered a knee injury (ACL) early last January. As a safety precaution Ward will not take part in Saturday's game as his playing minutes will be closely monitored in his return to game play. “We are very excited to have Warren back and see how the team looks with him on the floor with us,” said head coach James Derouin.
Caleb Agada will also be suiting up this weekend for Ottawa as he was unable to play last weekend due to injury. However, Dimitrios Seymour and Matt Nelson are unlikely to play this weekend as they will need an extra week to recover from their injuries.
Ottawa will play their first game Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Monpetit Hall. All games will be streamed live online on ssncanada.com, for more details visit here.