Men’s Basketball (1-6 OUA)
Hosted Lakehead (6-1 OUA) at Montpetit Hall on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Warren Ward 18 points, 6 rebounds; Louis Gauthier 16 points, 9 rebounds - uOttawa
Jamie Searle 20 points, 6 rebounds; Brendan King 17 points, 7 rebounds - Lakehead
The Gee-Gees gave their home crowd something to cheer about tonight, despite another gut-wrenching lost for the Gee-Gees as they fell 68-65 to the number one OUA West Lakehead Thunderwolves. The Gee-Gees have now lost three games in a row to the top OUA teams by five or fewer points.
“It’s not good enough to keep pace,” said fifth-year veteran Nemanja Baletic (Ottawa, Ont.), “We’re a team that if we stay focused, we’re good enough to beat anyone. We don’t want to keep pace with anybody, we want to win.”
It was a first half of runs for the Gee-Gees, noted by Lakehead taking a large lead and the Gee-Gees storming back to tie or be within a few baskets. The Thunderwolves took to an early 4-0 to start the game and were up 16-8 in the first quarter before the Gee-Gees came back to tie up the game. The Gee-Gees fell again by almost ten points in the second quarter, only to come back within three points near half.
The Gee-Gees came flying into the second half, with third-year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) sinking a three-pointer to tie the game at 43-43 early on. The Gee-Gee took the lead from this moment on, with second-year forward Ryan Malcolm-Campbell (Mississauga, Ont.) scoring five key points to end the third quarter with a 54-47 lead for the Gee-Gees.
The Gee-Gees jumped to an 11 point lead in the final frame, thanks once again in part of the scoring power of Ward and strong defensive play of Malcolm-Campbell. But Lakehead wasn’t going to let the Gee-Gees slip by that easily, and tied the game at 63-63 with only two minutes remaining. It was then that Lakehead battled back to steal the win, with a series of costly mistakes by the Gee-Gees on defence.
Head Coach James Derouin noted the fourth quarter errors, “a young team, making a mistake defensively down the stretch. They hit the shots down the stretch and we didn’t.”
Fifth-year forward Louis Gauthier (Ottawa, Ont.) had a strong performance for the Gee-Gees, sinking 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Ward was once again the Gee-Gees leading scorer with 18 points and 6 rebounds.
“This team feeds off our defence; when we play well defensively, this team can do anything.
We had the win because of our defence and we lost the game because of our defence,” explained Derouin, “But this team’s improving; that was our best defensive effort so far.”
“When we find our best focus, and we’re able to execute that for the full 40 minutes, then you’re going to see the true potential of this team,” concluded Baletic, “[We need to] work harder, work smarter and we’re going get there. We all have faith that we are going to get there.”
Come out to Montpetit Hall tomorrow night as the Gee-gees take on the McMaster Marauders at 8:00 p.m. for their final game before the Christmas break. (Rogers, SSN Canada)