The racetrack was open for business on the opening night of Ottawa’s OUA regular season schedule. The Gee-Gees paced the Nipissing Lakers from the opening tip, enjoying the comforts of their home gym to the tune of 55 per cent shooting on en route to a 91-49 win.
The no. 1 ranked Gee-Gees wasted no time taking control and opened the game on a 22-2 run with all players involved. Mike L’Africain would finish the game as the high scorer with 20 points, followed by Caleb Agada with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The defensive energy was ramped up on the Ottawa side, holding the Lakers to 13 first half points and forcing 11 turnovers in the first quarter alone.
Ottawa shot a scorching 13-for-18 from the field in the third quarter, buoyed by solid play around the basket and four offensive rebounds from Agada. The lead grew to as much as 47 points early in the fourth quarter.
The Gee-Gees had solid balance in their inside and outside games, receiving contributions from posts Nathan McCarthy, Brody Maracle, Noel Jones, and Vikas Gill.
“They are quality bigs and we really feel like we can take advantage of our inside game this year,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “It means maybe a few less threes but it gives us a chance to work on something that we think is going to help us down the line.”
Ottawa will host its second regular season home game on Saturday night against the Laurentian Voyageurs. Tip off is set for 8 p.m., and the match will be part of the Shoot For the Cure Initiative to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.