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Big energy, big win for Ottawa

Saturday January 17, 2015
men's basketball in action.

The no. 1 ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team dispatched the visiting Guelph Gryphons by a 102-68 score on Saturday night, extending the team’s regular season record to 11-0. Guelph falls to 5-5 in the OUA Central Division.

Johnny Berhanemeskel led all scorers with 24 points and Caleb Agada netted 20 for Ottawa as the Gee-Gees shot 60 per cent from the field on the night. Daniel Dooley led the Gryphons with 14, and the visitors shot 34 per cent.

The Ottawa offence was firing on all cylinders in the first half: the Gee-Gees scored the first nine points of the contest and opened a 20-5 lead just six minutes in. Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue bucketed ten points in the first on four-for-four shooting, Caleb Agada brought the crowd to its feet with a massive one-handed dunk over his defender late in the second quarter, and Vikas Gill dropped three treys. Meanwhile, Berhanemeskel dropped 12 points and at halftime Ottawa led 52-30.

“I thought energy was the big difference tonight. Right from the start our veterans had good energy and it carried over to the rest of the game,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “These guys take pride in what they do and they wanted to be better today.”

“We weren’t satisfied with our game yesterday. We felt like we didn’t play as hard as we should have, and we wanted to come out strong tonight,” explained Agada. The third-year Gee-Gee had a very efficient night, shooting 5-of-6 from the floor, 9-of-10 from the free throw line, and picking up six rebounds and three assists all in 26 minutes.

Guelph slowed Ottawa down in the third by virtue of sending Ottawa to the line. The Gee-Gees scored 16 points from the charity stripe in the third quarter alone, missing just two.

“We knew coming in that Guelph would want to slow us down – they are a tough, physical team. We talked about making our free throws and staying composed, and they did,” noted Derouin.

The Gee-Gees bench dropped 23 points on the night, led by a strong outing from Brandon Robinson who was 3-for-3 from the floor for nine points. Post man Noel Jones also had a highlight reel slam in the fourth quarter.