The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team closed out their Waterloo road trip with a 87-58 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday night. Ottawa utilized a seven-point charge led by Adam Presutti in the first five minutes to jump out to an early lead, then overpowered the Hawks throughout to take the 29-point victory.
Caleb Agada again shepherded the Ottawa offence, posting a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles also racked up a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Brody Maracle fell just short with a crucial 15-point, nine-rebound performance.
“They're big time players for our team,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “They grind on both ends of the floor and set examples for the type of play that we strive for.”
The Gee-Gees defence had their hands full with rookie Laurier guard Tevaun Kokko, who has been the team’s best scorer this season. Utilizing their size advantage, the Ottawa bigs punished Laurier in the paint and on the boards. Pierre-Charles and Maracle helped the team out-rebound the Hawks 53-39 on the night.
In the third quarter Derouin shifted to a lineup consisting primarily of reserve players, providing extended playing time for the younger side of the roster. Gage Sabean and Brandon Robinson capitalized on their increased minutes, posting 10 and seven points; Robinson also pulled down six rebounds.
“It's always good to be in a spot to give the young guys some extra minutes,” said Derouin. "We can find more things for them to improve on, and it's key to have them step up and lead while they're on the floor."
The key to success for the team seemed to be taking advantage of second chance opportunities and mixing attacks to the net with open looks from behind the arc.
The win was also particularly special as it was the team’s first against former lead assistant coach Justin Serresse, who is in his first year at the helm of the Golden Hawks after spending six seasons at Ottawa.
“I'm very proud of his maturation as a coach,” said Derouin. “He's a young guy and has a very bright future in this league. It really shows in the way he's coached his team this season.”
The Gee-Gees return home for a series against Laurentian and Nipissing next weekend.
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