In a thriller of a game pitting two U SPORTS Top 10 national contenders against each other, the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team defeated the Brock Badgers 78-69 on their home floor.
The second-ranked Badgers threw the first punch to get the action going, the Gee-Gees needed to respond to a 10-0 run to start the game. After settling into their defence, the team had some success limiting the Badger attack.
Once the Gee-Gee offence got rolling, they were able to tie and trade the lead twice. The high-energy half came to an end on a small Badgers run, giving the hosts a six-point lead into the locker rooms.
The Gee-Gees came back and powered back into the game, mid-way through the third they retook the lead and began pressuring harder on both ends of the floor. The Badgers struggles from beyond the arc hampered the team’s offensive attack.
Down the stretch, the Gee-Gees made big shots when they needed them and Brock was left without a response as they lost their first game of the season.
“For this group to do this tonight on the road, it says a lot,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “We got big stops and big rebounds when we needed them. We had some huge threes in the third and fourth quarter to ice the game. Brock has a fantastic team, we were undersized out there, but I thought we competed.”
Sean Stouqa was undoubtedly dominant for his team, scoring 21 points to go along with four steals, three assists, and two rebounds in the win. The performance was particularity impressive due to the fact that he only arrived in St. Catharines hours before the gam after writing a final in Ottawa on Friday morning.
Big performances from Calvin Epistola, Kenny Jean-Louis, Mackenzie Morrison, and Brandon Robinson also went a long way for the Gee-Gees in the win.
“I had to prepare for the final and the game throughout the week which is always difficult,” said Stoqua. “I think people were kind of overlooking us after some bad losses early in the year. This win shows we’re still in the conversation and we can still compete with and beat the best teams in the country.”
On Saturday, the Gee-Gees will face the McMaster Marauders to close the first semester of play. The game is set to tip-off at 8 p.m. with the game steaming live on OUA.tv.