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RECAP: Gee-Gees stunned in shootout at Laurier, lose first game of season

Saturday November 11, 2017
Players from the Gee-Gees men's basketball team sit on the bench
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Greg Mason

There were no answers for Laurier’s intensity throughout the game, as the Golden Hawks downed the Gee-Gees in a shocking loss in Waterloo on Friday night.

In a back-and-forth affair, a superb effort by Brandon Robinson was not enough to edge Laurier in their home opener, as the hosts secured an 80-75 win.

It started as many road games throughout the season do, a slightly sluggish start for the Gee-Gees paired with a fired up home team. Typically, in the second or third quarter, the Gee-Gees start to pull away and put the game to rest, but this time it didn’t happen.

Behind shooters Tevaun Kokko and Ali Sow, Laurier hit big shots when they needed them. On the other hand, the Gee-Gees turned the ball over too many times and couldn’t get any momentum building. A handful of squandered leads down the stretch gave Laurier the confidence to keep attacking, leaving the Gee-Gees to respond.

A 22-point effort from Robinson, on six three-pointers kept the Gee-Gees dangerous in the late stages, but at times he was the only Ottawa player that could buy a bucket.

An injury scare limited Brody Maracle to only 10 minutes of play, almost none of which came in the second half. Even with the solid play of Robinson and Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, it was a night of growing pains for the still-meshing Gee-Gees.

Going forward, the team takes on the winless Waterloo Warriors on Saturday, in what could serve as an opportunity at a rebound performance. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. with the game live streaming on OUA.tv.