While the Gee-Gees shot the lights out on Friday night, they shifted gears in their second regular season game, as they bruised up the Guelph Gryphons for a 88-75 win.
Ottawa’s combination of post-players Brody Maracle and Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles have been out-right dominant to start the season. The pair has been playing more time on the floor together, attacking the opposition together rather than one at a time. Maracle led the Gee-Gees with a dominant 22 points and eight rebounds, while Pierre-Charles chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds.
Maracle notes that there were some small changes that both players put in place that have made a world of difference so far.
“Jean worked really hard this summer on his perimeter game, his shooting, and just getting the confidence,” he said. "I’ve been working to improve my free-throws, I’ve worked hard with Sieger, our mental coach on it. Things have been great for both of us so far, but we have to keep it going.”
Although the team struggled from beyond the arc, point guard Sean Stoqua accounted for nearly all of the team’s three-pointers. Hitting five on the night, Stoqua had 19 points, continuing his seamless transition into the Gee-Gees lineup.
The team’s defence was stifling throughout most of the game, but the Gryphons were able to get the ball to fall more consistently in the fourth quarter.
With 44 total fouls called in the game, Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin was disappointed that the game left the players hand’s in the later stages.
“We defended well for three quarters, then we slipped up in the fourth a bit,” said Derouin. “The fouls started to add up and took the air out of the game. Overall, I’m happy with the weekend, but there was a little something to clean up at the end.”
Going forward, the Gee-Gees have a trip to Waterloo next weekend where they take on Laurier and Waterloo. Just two days after their return, they will have their first matchup with rival Carleton the following Tuesday night at the Ravens Nest.
“We’ve got some confidence from this weekend, but we have to get two big wins on the road, and then we need to get ready for Carleton,” said Maracle.
The Gee-Gees take on Laurier on Friday night, before shifting over to take on the Warriors the following night. Both games are underway at 8 p.m. and will be live on OUA.tv.