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RECAP: Robinson and Gee-Gees down Golden Hawks to close Jack Donohue Tournament

 Capital Hoops
Sunday October 22, 2017
Brandon Robinson in action for the Gee-Gees
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Greg Mason

With a solid 85-73 win to close the Jack Donohue Tournament on Sunday afternoon, the Gee-Gees now improve to 6-0 against U SPORTS competition this pre-season.

Brandon Robinson had another standout game, particularly displaying his aggressiveness taking it to the basket and drawing fouls.

The fourth-year Montreal native finished the game with 22 points, four assists, and two steals, proving his essential role on an evolving team.

Despite his statistical increase this season, Robinson maintains that there is always room for improvement in his game, as well as the team’s performance.

“I am never happy, there’s always more that I can do,” said Robinson. “Everyday we’re taking steps towards getting to March. That’s when we need to gel, so we’ll take our lumps now and be ready then.”

From the players to the coaching staff, there is an understanding that to reach the team’s goals, they need to be getting progressively better day-by-day.

“If there’s an award for the most unhappy 6-0 coach in the country, I’m getting it,” said head coach James Derouin jokingly.

It’s not all negatives however, as the play of his key seniors like Robinson, Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, and Brody Maracle are guiding the team along a streak of wins.

“I’m very happy with the seniors taking care of business and getting the wins, but ultimately we need more,” he said. “We’re looking for other guys to step up as well, we need our younger guys to help them out. We’re leaning too heavily on them.”

 With their Home Opener looming in less than two weeks, the team looks forward to two final tune-ups before league play begins. On Saturday, the Gee-Gees have their most difficult test against a Top 10 caliber McGill Redmen team in Montreal. The following day, they close the pre-season against Laval at home.