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PREVIEW: Men’s basketball opens 2018 at home against Toronto and Ryerson

Wednesday January 3, 2018
Greg Mason

The U SPORTS eighth-ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team opens their second semester of play on Jan. 5 and 6 at Montpetit Hall.

Matchups with the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-4) and the U SPORTS tenth-ranked Ryerson Rams (8-2) will kick off a feverous second semester schedule for the Gee-Gees. The team sits with an 8-2 record in conference play, and are prepared to continue their push toward the Wilson Cup playoffs and the 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Final 8 Tournament.

Having closed the first semester of play with road wins against #3 Brock and McMaster, the Gee-Gees are well rested coming into the weekend’s games against familiar foes from Toronto.

The Varsity Blues have seen some solid success in the OUA this year, with wins against Algoma, Western, McMaster, Laurier, Waterloo, and Lakehead. Under the guidance of head coach John Campbell, the Blues have been building a competitive identity and can be dangerous if fifth-year guard Reilly Reid gets hot.

The Gee-Gees will be looking to keep a nine-game winning streak alive against Toronto, with the last win for the Varsity Blues coming in February 2012.

On Saturday, a clash of Top 10 rivals should be an exciting test for the Gee-Gees. With identical records, the first of two matchups with last year’s national runner-up Ryerson Rams will draw some early national attention.

With a handful of classic games between the teams in recent years, a new chapter is prepared to be opened in 2018. Having been without their star guard Manny Diressa to start the season, the Rams have now re-inserted him into the lineup where he and other guards Myles Charvis and Jean-Victor Mukama are averaging over 10 points per game each.

For the Gee-Gees, the team is starting to mesh and hit their stride to start 2018, and with fourth-year forward Brody Maracle returning from injury, it will be a fun three months for Gee-Gees fans.

The team is currently boasting nearly five players averaging over 10 points per game, Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles leads the pack with 14.7, followed by Sean Stoqua with 13.5, Maracle with 12.3, Brandon Robinson with 11.3, and Calvin Epistola almost breaks the mark with 9.6. 

Tip-off for both games is set for 8 p.m. at Montpetit Hall with webcasts available live on Tickets are available online at