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PREVIEW: Derouin seeks milestone 100th win in Waterloo

Wednesday January 4, 2017
Coach Derouin talking to his players.
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Greg Mason

GAME INFO:

Ottawa (5-0) at Waterloo (1-6)
Friday, January 6
8 p.m.
Webcast on OUA.tv

Ottawa (5-0) at Wilfrid Laurier (5-4)
Saturday, January 7
8 p.m.
Webcast on OUA.tv

The coaches are in the spotlight this weekend as the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team, ranked no. 4 in the nation to begin 2017, will be seeking a milestone victory for head coach James Derouin on Friday, followed up by a matchup against former assistant coach Justin Serresse at Laurier. Derouin’s career regular season record sits at 99-30 heading into the weekend and he could become just the second coach in the men’s basketball program history to reach 100 regular season wins. 

Derouin already holds three program coaching records: most playoffs wins (19), highest playoff winning percentage (65.5), and highest overall winning percentage against CIS teams (176-52, 77.2). He would become the fastest coach to reach 100 wins, and trails only Dave DeAveiro (132) for the program record.

Ottawa captured the Rod and Joan Shoveller Memorial Tournament crown during the break from regular season play with Caleb Agada providing an MVP performance. Including tournament games, Ottawa is now on a 14 game winning streak.

At Waterloo the Gee-Gees will be taking on a young squad which appeared in the Jack Donohue tournament this fall and went 1-2. The Warriors picked up an 82-81 win over Western on November 26 and lost the season opener against Toronto in overtime. Two other losses have been by five points. 

Serresse has had a fine start to his head coaching career at Laurier, leading the Hawks to a big 67-66 win over Windsor while also taking care of business against Laurentian, York, Western, and Algoma. However, the Hawks have also been tripped up by Algoma and Nipissing so the consistency has been an area of concern. The first-year head coach spent six seasons as an assistant under Derouin at Ottawa.

Following this weekend Ottawa will be at home for a stretch of five games over eight days, including the January 17 tilt against the Carleton Ravens. Tickets for all home games are on sale online.