Hosted Alumni on Saturday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall.
Warren Ward, 13 points, 6 rebounds and Johny Berhane, 13 points, 5 rebounds - uOttawa
Greg Sam, 17 points, 5 rebounds - Alumni
The Gee-Gees may have won in their 93-66 victory over the Alumni at Montpetit Hall, but the afternoon was about more than the score of the game as the Gee-Gees welcomed back esteemed Alumni such as Carlos Brown and Ali Mahmoud to remember and celebrate the days past.
The Alumni kept par with the Gee-Gees in the first quarter, tied at 14 in the early minutes of the game. But the young uOttawa took over after that, extending their lead to 51-33 heading into the half and 73-47 into the final quarter.
Third-year guard Warren Ward (Brampton, Ont.) and first-year guard Johny Berhane (Ottawa, Ont.) closed as leading scorers of the game for the Gee-Gees with 13 points apiece. Second all-time leading scorer for the Gee-Gees, Alex McLeod and second-all time rebounder for the Gee-Gees Dax Dessureault were both a dominant presence on the floor for the Alumni along with Greg Sam who contributed 17 points for the Alumni.
Playing in his first Alumni game ever, member of the first OUA championship team in his 1990-1995 Gee-Gees career, Carlos Brown joined the game this year both to celebrate his 40th birthday and 20th year since joining the Gee-Gees. “It’s just on of those things. My family and kids, they never saw me play and it’s an opportunity for [them] to see me play.” Brown, who went on to be an assistant coach on the men’s team for seven years and head coach of the women’s team for four years, also expressed a desire to “continue to show support [for the program].”
The Gee-Gees were excited to welcome back current Lebanese basketball superstar and uOttawa basketball Alumnus from 2002-2003 Ali Mahmoud for this year’s game. “It’s always nice to be back and to see the guys,” says Mahmoud after the game.
Reflecting on his year with the Gee-Gees, Mahmoud said “All the memories were great. Every year I play somewhere, I learn a lot. I just keep learning more and more; never stop learning.”
Commenting on this year’s team, Mahmoud noted “They got a great bunch of kids. They play a good team game; they’ll do good this year.” Mahmoud also spoke very highly of current Gee-Gees Head Coach James Derouin saying “He’s perfect for the job. He puts 110% with all he does. He knows the game very well and played at this level.”
Derouin identified “It was a great turnout [this year]. I just want to say thanks to all of [the Alumni].” The Alumni and current Gee-Gees were heading to Father and Sons together after the game.
Catch the next Gee-Gees in tournament action October 22-24 at Montpetit Hall as they host the Jack Donohue Tournament.