Men’s Basketball (2-7 OUA)
vs. Toronto(7-2 OUA) at Montpetit Hall on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
Warren Ward 27 points, 14 rebounds - uOttawa
Andrew Wasik 18 points, 13 rebounds - Toronto
It would appear to be déjà vu for the Gee-Gees once again – another close loss, this time by only four points, to another top-ten in Canada team, this time Toronto.
The Gee-Gees were trailing by one after the first frame, and turned it around to lead by two after half. The third saw the Gee-Gees pull to an eight point lead midway through, but Toronto’s buzzer-beater three-point shot would bring the game back within two to close the quarter.
Toronto jumped to a quick five point lead in the fourth, leaving the Gee-Gees scrambling to make up lost ground, and a series of tough calls by the ref did not tip things in their favour in this comeback. It’s would be third-year guard Warren Ward, London, Ont., who would bring the Gee-Gees back with a series two key three-point shots, and within one point with 42 seconds remaining. But the Varsity Blues would capitalize one again and pull just out of reach of the Gee-Gees to close the game.
“There were two or three calls that didn’t go our way at a really bad time. The timing of them were all part of run that they [Toronto] made,” said head coach James Derouin, “That was the turning point and we didn’t recover from it.”
“As soon as we hit the adversity, we haven’t been able to handle the adversity and push through for the win,” concluded Derouin.
Ward put forth a stellar performance in tonight’s game, 27 points and 14 rebounds, though his effort alone could not carry the Gee-Gees to victory. Ward also went six for eight from behind the arc.
“We had a few mental lapses, a few defensive breakdowns, and those things all add up,” said Ward, “They [Toronto] gutted one out and got the best of us.”
With a strong, well-rounded contingent of Varsity Blues penetrating the Gee-Gees defence and adding up the points for Toronto, it would be the three-pointers that would give the garnet and grey the upper hand over their Toronto competition. The Gee-Gees sank 12 shots from behind the arc with six different players contributing, to the Varsity Blues six three-pointers.
“I’m not a believer in our record,” said Ward, “Our record doesn’t show how hard we work or how close these games are.”
Be sure the check out the Gee-Gees in action once again tomorrow night, January 8, at Montpetit Hall as they take on Ryerson at 8:00 p.m.