The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team rediscovered the running game in a big way on Saturday night, frequently speeding past Guelph defenders in an 85-68 victory at Montpetit Hall.
Caleb Agada was gliding all over the court, displaying his acceleration and body control to get to the rim and finish. The fifth-year led all scorers with 20 points, while Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles was similarly dominant in his fourth double-double of the regular season: 18 points and 12 rebounds.
“The focus was for me to bring my energy – that’s what makes me a successful player – running, dunking, and getting the guys involved,” said Agada. “It felt good to feel my legs again. Earlier in the season we were running a lot but towards the middle we fell off and kind of forgot that we had that in our back pocket.”
The Gee-Gees started running and making good decisions for transition scores in the opening quarter. Brandon Robinson was sprung for a one-handed jam, and later Adam Presutti saved a ball on the sideline in to Robinson who passed it off backboard to Agada for a two handed slam.
Fourth-year Jonathan Wallace provided Guelph with a lift in the second quarter from the point, mixing it up on the glass, and putting pressure on the ball carriers. Wallace drained a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in the first half to make it 43-35 before Presutti found Mackenzie Morrison to finish the half with Ottawa up by ten.
Wallace was one of three Gryphons to finish with double-digit scoring with 11 and a team high six rebounds. Tyler Boers had the team high of 13 points.
“At times we got caught reaching [on defence] and there were too many fouls but overall with the size and speed matchup I thought we did a decent job,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. Guelph went to the line 26 times while Ottawa countered with 27 trips.
“We’re making progress from Tuesday and we got two good wins here. I’m happy overall with the way they responded this weekend,” concluded Derouin.