The Gee-Gees pierced the 100 points mark for a second consecutive night to open the season as they led the Brock University Badgers wire to wire, taking a big 103-68 victory on home court. The Badgers never really got within striking distance as the Gee-Gees jumped ahead to a ten point lead early in the first quarter and never looked back.
Johnny Berhanemeskel led all scorers with 28 points, four rebounds and four assists on the night as he was dominant throughout the game for Ottawa. The Gee-Gees had five players in double digits as Matt Plunkett and Matt Nelson both chipped in off the bench with 14 points while Caleb Agada and Vikas Gill added 13 and 12 respectively.
“I think bench contribution has been very important for us because we know that we are going to need it throughout the year. You can't win with five players, that's just not enough. I knew that heading into the season so worked hard on my game this summer so that I could be an impact off the bench for us. We spent the summer in the gym taking jump shot after jump shot and working on my handling skills. There is still a lot of work to but I am happy that it has paid off here in the early going,” said third-year Matt Plunkett.
The Gee-Gees shot 55.4 (41-74) per cent from the field in the game while shooting 37.9 (11-29) per cent from long range. uOttawa struggled in the defensive rebounding category however, giving up 21 offensive boards.
“I was happy for the most part of the game but the rhythm was very up and down. We still have few things to work on for sure and that was obvious when you look at our defensive rebounding. You can’t give up that many offensive rebounds because it's just giving them second possessions and opportunities for second chance points which puts a ton of pressure on our defence,” said head coach James Derouin.
The Badgers gave their best effort but could not stack up to the Gee-Gees offensive tempo as they fell behind early and failed to gain any kind of momentum to build a comeback. Zach Angelini led the Badgers with 21 points and nine rebounds on 8-for-15 shooting from the field. Brock will return home with two losses to start the season after dropping their season opener to Carleton on Friday.
uOttawa will now take their game on the road as they prepare to head out on a four game road trip spanning out over two weeks. They will face Laurentian and Nipissing next weekend in 8 p.m. games. Their next home game will be a much anticipated match-up versus the Ryerson Rams on November 28th.