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An emotional win for the Gee-Gees

Sunday January 31, 2010

Men’s basketball (14-3 OUA)

Hosted Toronto (7-9 OUA) at Montpetit Hall on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

  Half   Game
Toronto  36     69
uOttawa   44 89

Nick Magalas, 23 points, 2 rebounds - Toronto
Warren Ward, 38 points, 10 rebounds - uOttawa

In an emotional final regular season home game, the Gee-Gees welcomed a 89-69 victory over the Varsity Blues and said good-bye to graduating fifth-year guards Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) and Donnie Gibson (Kingston, Ont.). 

Second-year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) scored a game-high 38 points and captured 10 rebounds.  In response to his play tonight, Ward said “It is Donnie and Josh’s last game, and I look up to them so much, and I had to come out and do whatever I could to win this game for them.”

Ward was on fire in the first half sinking 25 of the Gee-Gees 44 points and going three for three from the three-point line and 11 for 12 on his field goals.  In the second quarter, uOttawa ran into some trouble with the Varsity Blues defence, but found their groove to maintain an eight-point lead at half. 

The Gee-Gees continued their dominance into the second half, extending their lead to 11 points after the third quarter and by 20 points to win the game.

Before the game began, head coach Dave DeAveiro offered tribute to graduating Gibson-Bascombe and Gibson. DeAveiro identified that though he normally “enjoys his job, this is a tough night. [These players] are part of your everyday life, then, they’re not here anymore.”

An emotional DeAveiro said “Donnie never cared about his stats; he just did whatever was needed for the team’s success. He let his actions on the floor do the talking. Measure Donnie by his character, and we couldn’t get a better character than Donnie.”

DeAveiro identified all-time leading Gee-Gees scorer Gibson-Bascombe as the “toughest one” to say goodbye to, saying Gibson-Bascombe “has built a legacy here and is leaving a legacy behind.”

Ward said winning their final home game is “a wonderful feeling. [But] it’s not for me, it’s for them two [Gibson-Bascombe and Gibson]. Those two mean so much to me. Without Josh and Donnie to push me every day… I wouldn’t be what I am today. I don’t do anything special, those two guys make me look good.”

Gibson-Bascombe and Gibson exited the court in the final minutes to a thunderous applause and a standing ovation from their teammates and fans.

The Gee-Gees head to the road next weekend to play Laurentian on February 5, 2010 and York on February 6, 2010. Game time both nights is 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)