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“This is the one that matters"

Wednesday March 4, 2009

Gee-Gees seeks elusive OUA East title Wednesday night at familiar venue

Volume reinforced the plea.

“Don’t let them in the paint!,” Gee-Gees men’s basketball head coach Dave DeAveiro bellowed  Monday morning, in hopes of pushing his 19-3 hoops team into the 2009 CIS tournament in Ottawa with a victory Wednesday night againstNo. 1 Carleton (21-1) in the OUA East final.

“Just reminding them who we’re playing, in terms of the intensity they need to bring,” said DeAveiro, who is 0-3 in the OUA East final at Carleton since 2005 and 10-10 in the playoffs over eight seasons as head coach.  

“This is the one that matters.”

The No. 1 Ravens host the No. 3 Gee-Gees in a 8:00 p.m. tip-off.

“He knows what kind of team we got,” said Gee-Gees top scorer, fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe. “Coach wants to win. He hates to lose.”

The division final playoff games have been close, with the Ravens holding a 208-182 scoring advantage

 “I haven’t beat them in the playoffs since I have been here,” said Gee-Gees fifth-year post Dax Dessureault.

The East and West (Windsor @ Western) division winners of Wednesday’s games will meet for the OUA final Saturday afternoon.

Should Carleton win Wednesday, the OUA would hold a bronze medal game Saturday (TBA) at the home of the losing team with the best regular season record to determine the third OUA spot at the 2009 CIS men’s basketball championship March 13-15 at Scotiabank Place.