The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team captured the Queen’s Invitational with a dominant 3-0 weekend record. The team continued its winning streak in CIS exhibition to nine tournament wins with a second this month.
Brody Maracle, a native of nearby Napanee, Ont., was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament with Mike L’Africain picking up an All-Star nod. Maracle tallied 58 points including a 24-point Sunday on 10-of-13 shooting. L’Africain had 16 assists and scored a team-high 21 points on Friday.
The Gee-Gees opened the tournament with a 117-67 rout of UQAM which saw six players reach double-digit scoring and the team shoot nearly sixty per cent from three-point range (16-for-27). Brandon Robinson knocked down 19 points and Caleb Agada recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds and 10 points.
The offence continued to do damage on Saturday, opening up a 35-10 lead over the Cape Breton Capers at the end of the first quarter. Ottawa sank nine three-pointers in the first quarter alone on the way to a 95-69 win. Maracle shared the team lead in points with Matt Plunkett at 19 apiece.
Queen’s, the first OUA opponent of the preseason, was defeated by a 98-75 score. Things were tight through the first quarter before Ottawa hung 30 points in the second frame while limiting the hosts to 14. The Gaels committed 24 turnovers while the garnet and grey shot 53 per cent from the floor.
The Gee-Gees will take a week off before hosting the Jack Donohue Tip-Off Tournament on October 30-November 1. This year’s participating teams are UNB, McGill, and York. Full schedule and ticketing information is available on the tournament page.