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Gee-Gees battle McMaster and Brock in home-opening weekend

Thursday November 15, 2012

Men’s Basketball (1-1 OUA)
Hosting McMaster (1-1 OUA) on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)>
Hosting Brock (1-1 OUA) on Saturday, November 17, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

The uOttawa Gee-Gees prepare for their much anticipated home-opener this Friday as they are set to face the University of McMaster Marauders. On the second night of the weekend the Gee-Gees will tip-off against the Brock University Badgers.

The Gee-Gees will look for redemption this weekend as they face two teams in which they fell to last season in close games on the road. However, the tables have turned this season and the Gee-Gees will have home court advantage in which they thrived last season as capped the season off with a 6-2 home record.

“It is a question of time right now as we continue to build chemistry and get comfortable with each other. Every game we see signs of improvement from everyone and we look forward for the last pieces of the puzzle to fall in place,” commented head coach James Derouin.

Thus far this season the Gee-Gees have had solid play from veteran guard Johnny Berhanemeskel who is currently ranked fourth in the league in scoring. On the other side of the ball the Gee-Gees have had strong defensive play which was important in last Friday’s victory against Western.

The team has also displayed difficulty with turnovers which has been the focus in practice this week. Turnovers proved to be costly in last Saturday’s loss versus Windsor as the Gee-Gees turned the ball over 25 times in the game.

“We hope to see the phenomenal fan support we had last year continue,” said Derouin about is home crowd.  “We face opposing fans every time we go on the road so to come home to our fans and play in front of them is very important for us and gives the team a moral boost.”