Played No. 8 Saint Francis Xavier Saturday, March 14 (2:30 p.m.) in one consolation semifinal at the 2008-09 CIS Final Eight tournament at Scotiabank Place.
StFX 28 63
uOttawa 43 85
Christian Upshaw – 22 points, three rebounds - StFX
Dax Dessureault – 24 points, 11 rebounds - uOttawa
HEADLINE: Some consolation
Fifth-year post Dax Dessureault scored 24 points with 11 rebounds Saturday in an 85-63 win for No. 5 Gee-Gees men’s basketball over No. 8 StFX in the second consolation semifinal at the CIS Final Eight.
The Gee-Gees (1-1) advance to play Sunday’s fifth-place consolation final (1:30 p.m.) against Concordia.
“One more game,” said Dessureault, the Gee-Gees player of the game. “This proves that our fifth ranking is merited.”
The X-Men, playing without star fifth-year guard Tyler Richards, finished 0-2 after entering the eight-team tournament as a wild-card entry.
Third-year guard Christian Upshaw paced the X-Men with 22 points but had a game-high nine turnovers.
uOttawa avenged a season-worst 75-48 loss to Western Ontario Friday night to win its 30th game of the season against 10 losses after starting fourth-year leading scorer Josh Gibson-Bascombe at point guard in place of fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright, who sat out with a sore knee.
‘This is usually the result when we play with urgency and some energy,” said Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro. “We got a little swagger back in our game today.”
Rookie guard Warren Ward scored eight of the Gee-Gees first 14 points as uOttawa ran to an 18-12 lead after the first quarter.
Ward finished with 22 points and three rebounds.
Fourth-year guard Donnie Gibson hit three three-point baskets and Dessureault had four of 13 opening-half points off a pair of two-handed dunks in the second quarter as the Gee-Gees ended the half ahead 43-28.
The Gee-Gees stretched their lead to 11 points (58-47) after three quarters to be one of four teams playing on the final day of the tournament.
‘We are playing three games at nationals,” said DeAveiro. “It’s the not the three that we wanted but we’re still playing three.”
Dessureault was a rookie when uOttawa last played for fifth-place at the CIS tournament on March 20, 2005 – a 70-69 loss to Victoria.
Sunday, March 15
1:30 pm Consolation Final – No. 5 uOttawa vs. No. 7 Concordia
4:00 pm Championship Final (SCORE TV)