Versus Windsor (16-5 OUA, 1-0 playoffs, no. 6 CIS) on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (The Score)
After yet another thrilling victory over the Ryerson Rams, the Gee-Gees will now bring their determination to Toronto and compete for the Wilson Cup. In the opening round of the OUA Final Four, the Gee-Gees will be tipping off against the OUA West regular season champions, the Windsor Lancers, on Friday night. Fans can catch the action at 10 p.m. on the Score Television Network.
The winner of the match will book their ticket to the CIS Final 8 at Scotiabank Place as well as a spot in the Wilson Cup championship game. The two other teams partaking in the Final Four action are the top-ranked Carleton Ravens and the Lakehead Thunderwolves, who will tip-off on Friday at 6:00 p.m. All Wilson Cup action will be carried on the Score, including the live championship game. The complete broadcast schedule is located at the bottom of this article.
In their last game versus the Rams, the Gee-Gees were able to come together as a team and propel themselves past Ryerson in the final two minutes of the game. The Gee-Gees’ starting five produced important baskets throughout the final minutes while sixth man Mehdi Tihani provided game-deciding stops on defence. The win boosted Ottawa’s CIS Top Ten ranking to number three this week in the final rankings of the season.
“The fact that each of those guys had a big part to play in the victory was what made it that much more special. It is really symbolic of our team because everyone did exactly what they needed to do in order to get the victory,” said head coach James Derouin.
The Lancers are coming off a dominant 85-61 victory over the Brock Badgers last Saturday. Fourth-year forward Lien Phillips recorded a double-double in the contest as he scored 21 points while pulling down 13 rebounds.
In their previous and only meeting during the regular season, the Lancers took a narrow 72-68 victory over the Gee-Gees. However, the Gee-Gees will be a very different team this time around as Warren Ward, who was limited to only six points, is fully recovered from a knee injury.
“I think there is a night and day difference from who we were last time we played this team and who are now. No discredit to Windsor but I feel like we simply did not play well in that game and it seemed like we left one on the table that could have been ours,” said Derouin leading up to the weekend. “When you play a team in the west you really want to win because you don’t get to play them for nearly a full year, but we are excited to play Windsor and I think that we have something to show them.”
The Lancers are one of the league’s few teams who have utilised a full-court press in order to wear down their opponents all season long. If the Gee-Gees are to be successful they will need to prepare offensively for the type of defence Windsor brings to the court.
Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue proved that he is a not a force to be taken lightly in the playoffs as he was named the uOttawa Desjardins male athlete of the week. In last weekend’s playoff game versus the Ryerson Rams, the Gatineau native recorded a career high 31 points and pulled down seven rebounds. He also played a big role defensively as he limited Ryerson’s primary post player, Bjorn Michaelson, to only four points.
The Gee-Gees are back in the Wilson Cup Final Four for the second time in three years. The top two teams in this year’s tournament earn a spot in the CIS Final 8. Three will advance if Carleton is among the top two, as they host the CIS Final 8 tournament at Scotiabank Place March 8-10.
WILSON CUP SCHEDULE AND BROADCAST INFORMATION:
Semifinal 1 – 6 p.m. Friday
Lakehead vs. Carleton
LIVE on The Score
Semifinal 2 – 8 p.m. Friday
Ottawa vs. Windsor
Delayed broadcast on The Score at 10 p.m.
Bronze medal – 4 p.m. Saturday
LIVE on The Score
Wilson Cup OUA championship game – 6 p.m. Saturday
LIVE on The Score