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Carleton next playoff stop

Saturday February 28, 2009

 Half Game

Toronto     34     81

uOttawa   50     96

Ahmed Nazmi – 17 points, four rebounds - Toronto

Josh Gibson-Bascombe – 28 points, nine rebounds - uOttawa


HEADLINE: Carleton next playoff stop


Fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe scored 28 points with a team-high nine rebounds Saturday night in a 96-81 Gee-Gees men’s basketball playoff win over Toronto to end the Varsity Blues season for a third consecutive year.

“We locked them down defensively,” said Gibson-Bascombe. “We knew they wanted this game.”

The No. 3 Gee-Gees travel to No. 1 Carleton for the OUA East final (OUA semifinal) Wednesday night, March 4 (8:00 p.m.). uOttawa was 0-2 against the Ravens in the 2008-09 regular season.

Fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright (Syracuse / Utica, NY) scored 26 points with six rebounds as the Gee-Gees shot 48.5 per cent from the field compared to just over 40 per cent for the Varsity Blues.

“When you shoot the ball that well you have a great chance to win,” said Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro.

uOttawa ran to a 31-10 advantage in the second quarter to take a 50-34 lead at the half thanks to 14 points and five rebounds from Gibson-Bascombe, who was assessed two fouls in the first 4:22 as uOttawa dug itself a 15-8 hole before coming back to end the quarter trailing by five, 24-19.

Cold shooting and a technical foul to fourth-year guard Rob Paris sent Toronto’s wheels spinning in the third quarter as the Gee-Gees opened a 74-47 advantage before settling in for an 80-51 lead.

“Their two guards are two of the best in the country,” said Varsity Blues coach Mike Katz. “When they play like that they are hard to beat.”

uOttawa had ended the Varsity Blues season at home the last two years by a combined four points after a 69-68 win in the OUA East semifinal in 2006-07, followed by a 63-60 home win in the East semifinal last year.