The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team closed out a tough December road trip with a 101-97 win over the McMaster Marauders in Hamilton on Saturday.
With both teams battling back and forth throughout the early goings, neither team could secure a comfortable lead. Heading into the half, the Gee-Gees held an 11-point lead, one that extended to start the second half.
McMaster’s offence caught fire mid-way through the third quarter as they mounted a comeback to tie and eventually take the lead. The shootout that ensued saw the game tied at the end of regulation after the Marauders won the fourth quarter by a 33-18 margin.
At the outset of overtime, the Gee-Gees locked in and hit their shots. With big three-pointers from Brandon Robinson and Mackenzie Morrison, the team secured the win to close out the semester with two tough wins.
“Just like yesterday, we’ve been in situations where we have to grit it out,” said Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, who had a 24 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks in the game.
“I think this team builds character every time we have a game like this. We have to learn to have a killer instinct and close the game. We have to be better, but at the end of the day I think these type of games are going to help us big time.”
For the second consecutive night, fourth-year point guard Sean Stoqua led the Gee-Gees with 27 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Robinson also added 20 points in the win.
Baring any changes in their December exam break schedule, the Gee-Gees will not be back in action until they take on Toronto and Ryerson at Montpetit Hall on Jan. 5-6.