After a big win on Friday night the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees were able to feed off the momentum for another win on Saturday night versus the University of Waterloo Warriors. Ottawa routed the Warriors 82-72 thanks to a third quarter Warriors meltdown which the Gee-Gees were able to capitalize on, leading to the team’s sixth straight win.
Johnny Berhanemeskel continued to display his scoring ability on Saturday night as he led the way for Ottawa with 22 points while shooting 6 for 7 from the free throw line. Forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue also had a good performance, pitching in offensively with 17 points.
Gonthier-Dubue has been showing signs of returning to the level of play he finished with last season as he has scored 15 points or more in the past four games. “Gab is playing a different position for us this year so he needed that transition period but it seems like he is settling in now finding his game, which is exciting for us,” said head coach James Derouin.
Despite being out-shot from the field by the Warriors, the garnet and grey were clutch from beyond the arc and played well on the defensive end. Ottawa was also stellar from the free throw line, shooting 81 per cent. A big factor for the Gee-Gees early on this season has been creating turnovers and controlling the tempo of games. Ottawa had eight steals against the Warriors and are second in the OUA in with 9.2 steals per game. That intensity has helped Ottawa limit their opponents to just under 70 points per game on average, good for third in the OUA and ninth in the CIS as a defensive unit.
Gee-Gees star Warren Ward fought off the flu on Saturday night but still finished with 13 points and nine rebounds to follow up his 43 point performance the night before. This gave him 56 points over the weekend, prompting Laurier head coach Peter Campbell to call Ward, “one of the very best players in Ontario.”
Warriors fourth year forward, Kyrie Coleman had a strong performance knocking down 27 points while shooting 11 for 15 from the field.
The team heads into the exam break with a 7-1 record, tied with Carleton for second in the OUA East, and riding a six-game winning streak. The Gee-Gees will now flip their attention to their exams and the winter break before returning to the court on January 4th when they travel to York University and Laurentian University on the 5th.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 22 11 26 23 82
Waterloo 17 15 14 26 72