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Gee-Gees Hold On For 107-94 Victory Over Varsity Blues

Saturday February 1, 2014
Richard A. Whittaker

The uOttawa Gee-Gees capped off a successful road weekend with yet another 107-94 win over the Varsity Blues in Toronto. Mike L’Africain had a career night for Ottawa scoring 33 points and shooting 8-11 from three point land while dishing out five assists.

After having one of their best defensive performances of the year on Friday night against the Rams, they followed it up with another good defensive effort in the first half as they held the Blues to only 36 points after 20 minutes and 11 in the first quarter.

The second half was far from the same story however as the Gee-Gees bench struggled to keep up the defensive performance seen in the first. The Blues made a push bringing the game to as close as 10 points after the Gee-Gees led by 29 points to start the fourth quarter.

 “Toronto has been playing very well lately. They played some good basketball tonight, they were able to get hot and make some shots in the fourth quarter and that forced us to play very hard,” said head coach James Derouin.

 “It’s the same old story that we have been talking about all season. We lost our focus defensively and it could have hurt us tonight. We will go back to practice and work on things so that we are ready for Queen’s next weekend. In all we are happy with the weekend because whenever you go on the road and come home with two wins it’s a positive for sure.”

L’Africain’s 33 points and five assists led the way on the score sheet for the Gee-Gees as he recorded his career high for points in a game. He was lethal from three point land, hitting eight treys in the contest. Toronto’s, Alex Hill also had a good performance scoring 34 points as he continued his dominant play.

After coming  up big defensively in last night’s game against Ryerson, Caleb Agada had another strong performance but offensively this time as he shot an efficient 6-7 from the field and recorded 14 for the Gee-Gees. Terry Thomas also contributed with 22 points, five assists and seven steals.

uOttawa will be back in action next weekend when their road trip will continue for a third and fourth game on the road. They will travel to Kingston to take on the Queens Gaels and York University on the following night. uOttawa took commanding victories against both teams as they visited Monpetit Hall a few weeks ago.


                             1              2            3           4              F

Ottawa                 34           25           30           18           107

Toronto                11           26           23           34           94