Men’s basketball (2-2 OUA)
Hosted Western (1-3 OUA) on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Montpetit Hall in Ottawa, Ont.
uOttawa leading scorers: Warren Ward 21 points, 9 rebounds; Johnny Berhanemeskel 16 points; Seamus Ferguson 10 points, 4 rebounds.
The uOttawa Gee-Gees took on the Western Mustangs on Saturday night as part of their two-game opening homestead this weekend at Montpetit Hall. The Gee-Gees would recover from a slow start to finish the game in style and send the Mustangs packing with an 84-57 victory.
The first half was not pretty as both teams would struggle from the floor with neither the Gee-Gees nor the Mustangs shooting above 40%. However, it was the garnet and grey who were able to hold the edge over Western at halftime with a 32-27 lead. Warren Ward (London, Ont.) led all scorers with 12 points at the half.
The Gee-Gees, however, would come back to blow this one wide open after outscoring the Mustangs 33-15 in the third quarter. Ward continued to lead all scorers with 21 after three, while Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) chipped in with 16 points.
In the fourth quarter, it was primarily the Gee-Gees bench who helped put this one away without giving Western any chance for a comeback.
“I thought we came in here a little flat which is common with a young team after a big win,” explained head coach James Derouin in reference to last night’s victory over the No. 6 Windsor Lancers.
“But we regained our focus in the third quarter, and showed what we are capable of.”
“Our bench came out big the fourth quarter to close this one out. For guys like Seamus [Ferguson] to step up and get ten points and four rebounds in only ten minutes is what helps put the other team away.”
“These are the type of wins that top ten teams get. You win it, put it away, and are able to play your top guys for only twenty-four, twenty-five minutes. I was happy to see the bench keep it going in the fourth quarter,” added Derouin.
Derouin also commended the energy brought forth by third-year forward Ryan Malcolm-Campbell (Mississauga, Ont.) who led the team in assists with five.
“I thought [Ryan] was great, and provided some energy when we needed it the most in the second half. Even when the game was out of reach he continued to play hard, diving for ball, and I really liked that,” said Derouin.
The Gee-Gees will quickly put these two wins behind them and shift their focus to next weekend’s wild road swing that will see them travel to both Lakehead and Guelph. Derouin knows they will be in tough against Lakehead at home, but feels as though his team is up for the challenge.