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Second day of Jack Donohue provides highlights

Saturday October 31, 2015
Brody Maracle against UNB
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Richard A. Whittaker

The second day of the Jack Donohue Tournament at Montpetit Hall featured a lot of offence, with Ottawa and McGill earning high scoring wins. The Gee-Gees out-gunned the UNB Varsity Reds in a 102-82 win to improve to 2-0  in the tournament and 8-0 overall this preseason against CIS competition. McGill also picked up its second win of the tournament, meaning the teams’ matchup at 2 p.m. Sunday will determine the tournament winner.

Ottawa and UNB brought the offence which was anticipated  as the Varsity Reds feature the two-time leading scorer in the country in Javon Masters, while Ottawa has had the most potent offence in CIS over the past two years. The game was close in the first half but the Garnet and Grey were clearly in control. Brody Maracle dominated the paint for the Gee-Gees finishing with 22 points and five rebounds. Masters threatened but was held to 6-of-18 shooting from the floor and 23 points.

Swingman Caleb Agada led all scorers with 27 points including a thunderous dunk halfway through the first quarter, and the Burlington, Ont., native also pulled down 15 rebounds. Mike L’Africain also had a solid contribution finishing with 21 points while playing some pesky defence.

The first matchup pitted the York Lions against the McGill Redmen. Both teams started off with sloppy basketball but point guard Jenning Leung was able to calm his teammates down and spark what became an offensive domination on the part of the Montreal squad. Leung finished with 12 points but Francois Bourque was the story for the big man. Bourque finished with 17 points and played some solid defence on the way to a 90-67 victory for McGill.