Carleton has five in six years, now Gee-Gees
Seek title No. 1
The cross-town host of the 2009 CIS Final Eight men’s basketball tournament is again seeded No. 1 after winning the OUA (again) and claiming five of the last six national titles.
The in-town visitors just up Colonel By Drive are seeded No. 5 and making a sixth-ever appearance at the CIS showcase, playing in its third tournament in five years. The Gee-Gees are 5-7 in 12 CIS tournament games and seek a first national title.
Gee-Gees coach Dave DeAveiro said he is less jacked returning to the 2009 tournament than he is motivated more than ever to win it.
“That was our goal at the beginning of the year,” said DeAveiro.
“We’ve accomplished three-quarters of our goal so far. One quarter remains, and that’s to win the national championship.”
OUA West champion No. 4 Western Ontario (2-1 Playoffs, 15-7 OUA) is first up for the Gee-Gees in the eight-team, single elimination tournament, 6:00 p.m. Friday March 13 at Scotiabank Place.
The Mustangs handed uOttawa a 20-point loss (73-53) on the first regular season game of the 2008-09 season, November 7 in London.
“We’re ready to get back to work ... and make the best of this opportunity,” said Gee-Gees leading scorer, Josh Gibson-Bascombe, a fourth-year guard from Toronto selected Ontario University Athletics athlete of the week after scoring 24 points with nine rebounds in a 73-59 home win over Windsor in the OUA bronze medal game last Saturday.
‘We’ve got to rebound the ball and play our tempo.” said Gibson-Bascombe, a three-time first-team OUA all-star.
uOttawa guard Warren Ward, 19, an OUA all-rookie team selection is jacked to be playing his first national tournament just nine months out of high school.
“Ain’t nothing better than that right now,” said Ward, a six-five native of Brampton whose family and aunt from New York will be at Scotiabank Place throughout the Gee-Gees run.
“I think everyone is excited but I think we need to put in a little bit of work through this week,” said Ward. “We don’t want to lose to them.”
Men’s basketball practice: Tuesday / Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday 7: - 8:30 a.m.