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CIS champs tapped out

Friday November 21, 2008

MEN’S BASKETBALL (4-1 OUA, 11-5 overall) 
Hosted No. 9 Brock (4-1) Friday, November 21 (8:00 p.m.):

Half Game 
Brock   26   61 
uOttawa 44   81 
Didi Mukendi – 21 points, five rebounds - Brock 
Nemanja Baletic – 16 points, five rebounds - uOttawa

HEADLINE: CIS champs tapped out 
Fourth-year guard Donnie Gibson finished with 12 points and two rebounds off a flawless first-half in the No. 8 Gee-Gees 81-61 men’s basketball win Friday over rebuilt defending CIS champion Brock.

The Gee-Gees won a fourth straight game to improve to 4-1 in the OUA East as eight-season head coach Dave DeAveiro earned his 99th career regular season win. The No. 9 Badgers (4-1) suffered their first loss in five starts.

Gibson hit three three-point baskets without a miss in going seven-for-seven as the Gee-Gees went on a 13-0 run to out-score the Badgers 25-6 for a 44-26 advantage at the half.

“We got on a big run,” said Gibson. “It felt good to help the team.”

Third-year forward Nemanja Baletic was the Gee-Gees top scorer with 16 points and five rebounds as four uOttawa players hit double figures.

Gee-Gees fifth-year captain David Labentowicz had five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes off his first action of the season after suffering a nagging knee injury. ”Shot doesn’t feel the same way,” said Labentowicz. “Timing is a little off. Pretty much playing out there on one leg.”

The Gee-Gees used a one-handed slam in traffic from rookie Warren Ward to keep the momentum in the third quarter, building a 64-43 lead.

The Badgers, defending CIS champions, have nine first-year players and 14 players on their expanded roster in their first or second year.

Gee-Gees second-year guard Jacob Gibson-Bascombe did not play until the third quarter after missing a team meeting.

The Gee-Gees host Guelph (3-2) Saturday, November 22 (8:00 p.m.) at Montpetit Hall.