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PREVIEW: Jack Donohue Tournament features new format

Thursday October 27, 2016
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Gord Weber

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team will be in action on its home court this weekend in three games as part of the annual Jack Donohue Tournament, which is named in memory of the Ottawa resident and inspirational Canadian national men’s team head coach. The 2016 edition will feature three teams from the RSEQ conference and three teams from the OUA conference in an expanded format which pits the two neighbouring conferences head-to-head. Toronto, Waterloo, and Ottawa will represent OUA while Concordia, Bishop’s and McGill will represent RSEQ.

For full tournament information and scheduling, visit the tournament page. The three uOttawa games will be webcast on OUA.tv

“This year’s tournament has a great lineup of teams and adding the RSEQ versus OUA element to it is a great twist which hopefully adds more competitiveness to the tournament,” explains Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “This tournament is the last exhibition games before the start of OUA play and three tough games are exactly what the teams need to get ready.”

For Ottawa, the tournament comes of the heels of a tournament win at Queen’s two weekends ago where fifth-year Caleb Agada was recognized as the tournament MVP. The team is trying to build on the strong defensive performance at that tournament which led to Ottawa holding opponents to an average of 56.6 points per game. 

The weekend will mark the debut of transfer student Adam Presutti in garnet and grey. The former McMaster point guard will see duties at both the one and two positions for the Gee-Gees and is excited to return to play. “The last two weeks it’s really hit me that it’s show time. I’m up and my focus level in practice seems to have subconsciously gotten higher. I’m looking forward to contributing to the team and play as a unit.”

Presutti shared his own thoughts on the defensive focus for Ottawa. “Definitely I’ll be aggressive but you need the IQ and you need to be smart about gambling because you don’t always want to force your team mates to help."

“The team has four new starters and have shown some potential to be great,” sums up Derouin. “But we still have a long way to go."

McGill captured the tournament crown last season, going 3-0 against Ottawa, York, and UNB.

The OUA regular season begins November 5 with Ottawa tipping off on the road at Algoma on Saturday, November 19.

GEE-GEES SCHEDULE AT THE JACK DONOHUE TOURNAMENT:

Friday, Oct. 28 – 8 p.m. vs Bishop’s – Webcast on OUA.tv

Saturday, Oct. 29 – 8 p.m. vs Concordia – Webcast on OUA.tv

Sunday, Oct. 30 – 4 p.m. vs McGill – Webcast on OUA.tv