MEN’S BASKETBALL (15-2 OUA, 23-7 overall):
At Toronto (12-5 OUA) Friday, February 6, (8:00 p.m.)
At Ryerson (11-6 OUA) Saturday, February 7 (8:00 p.m.)
The Gee-Gees are down one spot in this week’s CIS Top-Ten, to No. 3
uOttawa had been a program-high No. 2 in the national ranking the last three weeks.
Gee-Gees rookie forward Warren Ward stings still after an 87-72 loss to No. 1 Carleton in the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic Jan. 28, despite a highlight-reel dunk in the first quarter.
“I remember us being so stagnant defensively,” said Ward. “They didn’t beat us because of their offence.”
The six-foot-five, 19-year-old native of Brampton is fourth in Gee-Gees scoring at just under 10 points per game, will play in Toronto before family and friends for the first time.
“I think I have to setup my play over the next two week for us to have a chance to win,” said Ward. “If I want to be good like Josh Gibson and Josh Wright I have to be mentally tough.”
Fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe has quietly led the Gee-Gees in scoring in 10 of 17 regular season games. “It’s time to step up my game,” said the Toronto native. “I want to play well while I am in Toronto and show how much I have grown as a player.”
Fourth-year guard Donnie Gibson of Kingston is fifth in team scoring at 9.35 PPG.
“Ultimate goal is a national championship,” said Gibson. “We’re on our way.”
uOttawa is one game under .500 (4-5) against the Varsity Blues over the last five seasons but beat Toronto at Montpetit Hall 80-72 on January 10. Gee-Gees fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright of Utica, New York, scored 28 points with five rebounds to lead the Gee-Gees in scoring for the first time.
The Gee-Gees will be trying to a 10th straight win over the Rams.
Head coach Dave DeAveiro said the Gee-Gees are fighting the February blahs.
“Guys are tired. It’s been a long season to date,” said the Gee-Gees all-time coaching wins leader. “We’re trying to have them understand the importance of the weekend
Off the Gee-Gees dominant home win (111-76) over York last Saturday, DeAveiro earned his 167th all-time win to take over top spot on uOttawa’s coaching wins list.
A former Gee-Gees guard in his eighth-season head coach, DeAveiro, from Toronto, has a career overall record of 167-104 along with a regular season record of 110-61 to surpass Jack Eisenmann, who finished 83-115 in the regular season and 166-221 overall record while coaching the Gee-Gees over 12 seasons from 1989-1990 to 2000-01.