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Gee-Gees get set for Toronto test

Thursday January 30, 2014
Richard A. Whittaker

The uOttawa Gee-Gees will travel to Toronto this weekend for two important games versus the Ryerson Rams and the Toronto Varsity Blues. These teams will be meeting for a second time this season as uOttawa won both games at Montpetit Hall in early January.

Ottawa will be in tough however, as both games are being called “must wins” by head coach James Derouin. “These games are essential for us. If we win both games this weekend it would really put us in a good position heading into the playoffs. That is why it is important that we prepare very well to put ourselves in the best position to win the games.”

The Gee-Gees will look to utilize Terry Thomas who has been on a tear as of late, averaging 25.2 points in his last four games. With the exception of a season low 58 points scored versus Carleton last week, the Gee-Gees offence has also been firing on all cylinders as they have averaged 106.2 point over a span of their last four games played.

“It’s important that we head into big games like this with the mentality that we need to be relaxed on both sides of the ball and remember that we have been in big games before. We just need to spread that mentality across the team and have everyone on the same page,” said Johnny Berhanemeskel. “We are scoring a lot of points right now and anyone on this team can go off on any night so it makes it easier for everyone to score. It’s a great dynamic and its working well right now.”

No. 2 ranked uOttawa will face no. 5 Ryerson on the first night of the weekend. The stakes will be high for both teams as the winner of the game will likely hold the right to host a deciding playoff game. Ottawa defeated Ryerson on home court earlier this month but will be facing a less depleted Rams team who is expected to have all their players back from injury this weekend.

“We are going to have to be even better than we were last time. Whenever you play a team on the road you always have a bigger challenge and you have to play better. They are going to be at full strength now so we are going to have to be at our best especially on the defensive end,” said Derouin. “We know their players very well so we are trying to prepare for what they can do. I hope we are ready for them because it is going to be a very close game. As of now I am happy with the way we are pushing the ball and controlling the tempo of games. Our defensive focus and rebounding are still a concern to me at this point though.”

The Varsity Blues are currently riding a high after sweeping their opponents last weekend, most notably upsetting the Laurentian Voyageurs for a thrilling victory in overtime. Alex Hill was dominant, scoring a game high 36 points and hitting eight times from beyond the three-point line. The guard is once again amongst the league’s top point getters this season as he is ranked second in the CIS with 26.1 points per game.

Both games will be available via free online broadcast for fans wishing to catch the team in action. The game at Ryerson will be webcast via the Rams Network, while Saturday’s action will be live on the web.