The Gee-Gees appeared to have more focus in their second game of the Jack Donohue tournament as they took a 95-60 win over the UQAM Citadins. They successfully corrected mistakes that were made in Friday night’s loss to Bishop’s University, and showed all round team discipline.
Ottawa managed to run away with the game early on as they lead by 28 points heading into half time. The fast paced Gee-Gees controlled the tempo of the game through 40 minutes and as a result they were able to play their style of basketball and dominate the Citadins.
Third year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel once again showcased his offensive abilities as he lead the team in scoring with 17 points, three assists and four steals. “As a team we know what we are capable of, we just need to stay aggressive, attack the mismatches and make plays for each other,” said Berhanemeskel.
Ottawa fans had the chance to witness their rookies perform for the majority of the second half as the team had built a large lead heading into half time. Rookies Moe Ismail and Matt Plunkett had good performances and chipped in offensively for Ottawa putting up 14 points each. “It’s always a bonus when we can get the rookies playing time and I’m pleased with what they have shown us tonight,” said head coach James Derouin.
Veteran guard Warren Ward did not play tonight for Ottawa since his playing time is being closely monitored as he returns from a knee injury that had kept him out of the game for nearly 11 months. However, he is expected to play in tomorrow’s game versus the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
Ottawa will be back in action tomorrow at 12 p.m. versus the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in the final day of the tournament. The Blues lost their match today versus Bishop’s University 81-76