In a game where the Waterloo Warriors were gunning to hand the U SPORTS seventh-ranked Gee-Gees their second loss in two nights, the Gee-Gees dug in, after some back-and-forth action, and muscled their way to a 79-73 win on Saturday evening.
After running out to an early lead in the first quarter, the Gee-Gees took a 21-16 lead into the second frame. In the second quarter, the Warriors’ caught fire and outscored the Gee-Gees, tying the game at halftime.
An injection of shooters in the second half kept the Gee-Gees in striking distance. In the final frame, the Gee-Gees locked down on defence and were able to convert on high-percentage shots to put the game to rest.
The Gee-Gees leaned heavily on their fifth-year senior Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles to lead the team, particularly without the services of Brody Maracle, who missed the game due to injury. Pierre-Charles was able to dominate in the post, securing a double-double with 15 points and 10 key rebounds.
Despite the team’s trouble with consistent scoring, four Gee-Gees finished the game in double-figures, including Calvin Epistola with 11, Mackenzie Morrison with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Chase Tynes also adding 10 to round out the bunch.
Down the stretch, some big shooting from Stefan Duric helped keep the Gee-Gees alive, particularly on two deep three pointers in the fourth quarter. Duric finished the night with eight points in 11 minutes.
The Gee-Gees will return to Ottawa, only to take to the floor again on Tuesday night for the Bytown Battle at Carleton. Following the highly-anticipated matchup, the team will only have a short few days of rest before taking on Western in a rare early afternoon game on Friday.