The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team will look to keep its CIS exhibition winning streak on the line at home this weekend when the annual Jack Donohue Tournament tips off on Friday night. The Gee-Gees host York, UNB, and McGill for this year’s edition of the tournament which is an important team tradition.
All six games of the tournament will be webcast on OUA.tv. Tickets are available online and are two dollars cheaper when purchased at least two hours in advance. Full tournament scheduling and information is available on the tournament page.
Ottawa comes into the tournament with a healthy 6-0 record against CIS competition this season following wins at the UBC and Queen’s Invitationals. The Gee-Gees won the Jack Donohue Tournament the last three years as part of a winning streak of nine CIS tournaments dating back to the 2012 season. This weekend will mark the debut of transfer student Nathan McCarthy in garnet and grey. The 6-8 forward averaged 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for McMaster in 2013-14 with a 53 per cent field goal percentage.
The Gee-Gees will open the tournament against York at 6 p.m., Friday. York is 2-3 in CIS exhibition with wins over St FX and Waterloo and a one-point loss to Lakehead. The Lions have received solid performances from their bench, including a 22-point day from forward Raheem Isaac.
On Saturday Ottawa will contend with the 1-3 Varsity Reds, led by two-time national scoring leader Javon Masters. The third-year guard averaged 25.1 points per game last season and is coming off a 31-point performance against Crandall.
Sunday will see Ottawa take on McGill at 2 p.m. The teams last met in Montreal before the 2014-15 season, with the Gee-Gees earning a commanding 88-56 win.
Following the Jack Donohue tournament, Ottawa will fly to Indiana for a game against the Hoosiers on November 3. The OUA regular season opens at home on Friday, November 6.