Although the scoreboard read 74-53 in favour of the Carleton Ravens, the U SPORTS ninth-ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team had plenty of positives against the U SPORTS top-ranked Ravens.
With the Ravens currently defeating their opponents by an average of 40 points per game, this game was by far the closest they’ve had to start the regular season. The intensity displayed by both teams was unparalleled, but in the end it was the Ravens’ defence that gave them the victory.
The Gee-Gees, without the services of Brody Maracle, who is sidelined with an injury, had to rely heavily on their outside shooters to score, rather than the formula of pounding the paint that had great success in the first weekend of the season.
Fourth-year point guard Sean Stoqua did his absolute best to shoulder the load, scoring a team-high 15 points, meanwhile pulling down four rebounds and nabbing two steals.
“I think this game put our mental toughness to the test,” said Stoqua, playing his first game against Carleton for the Gee-Gees. “The last weekend didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to and it was a quick turnaround. We showed up ready to play and our effort was there tonight, but there’s a couple of things we need to work on.”
Also in his first game against Carleton, Chase Tynes played a solid game with 10 points, two rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.
“We were in the game, but when we needed a bucket, we couldn’t get a bucket, and when we needed a stop, we couldn’t get that key stop,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin.
“I thought we had a tough time stopping the point of attack. I was happy with the way we competed, but at the end of the day, you have to figure out a way to score against that defence.”
The Gee-Gees look forward to finishing their grueling stand of five games in eight days this weekend with an early afternoon tilt against Western and a regular Saturday night matchup with Windsor. The games tipoff at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m respectively. Tickets are available at tickets.geegees.ca and both will be streaming live on OUA.tv.