Gee-Gees men’s basketball stars assisting Canada at world summer games
Gee-Gee guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe and graduated post player Dax Dessureault combined for eight points and 10 rebounds Monday night in an 89-77 men’s basketball loss to Russia at the 25th Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Canadians (1-2), bronze medallists at the 2007 Summer Universiade, faced a must-win against undefeated Israel (4-0) Tuesday night in east Europe with a quarterfinal playoff position on the line.
Gibson-Bascombe, who will play his fifth uOttawa season in the fall, had four points and four rebounds in the loss, while Dessureault accounted for four points and six rebounds following his third game of international competition.
“It’s very exciting, especially to wear a jersey with Canada stitched across the front,” wrote Dessureault, a six-nine centre from Embrun, Ont., in an email.
“It is a bit of a challenge to adapt to the international basketball game, which, despite having the same rules as the CIS, is different when it comes to playing.”
Gibson-Bascombe, a Toronto native just 38 points shy of the men’s basketball program’s all-time scoring record, returns to the Canadian program after earning his first caps at the Bangkok-hosted 2007 world university tournament.
“It’s great to play with him since we already have a chemistry developed on the court,” wrote Dessureault, otherwise well cared for as he considers taking a shot at professional options in Europe.
“The athletes’ village was built purposely for this event, therefore everything is new and clean.
“The only problem with the accommodations is getting your laundry done. Supposedly they don't have laundromats in Serbia.”
Among Dessureault’s international highlights was seeing the residence of the Canadian ambassador to Serbia and “a seven-foot-four guy on China who blocked half my shots,” during a 100-83 loss July 4.