The no. 2 ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team closed out its Friday night tilt at Nipissing with a strong second half performance to register a 74-49 win and move its record to 16-2 with one game remaining in the regular season. Nipissing fell to 3-15 with the loss.
Mike L’Africain led all scorers with 20 points in the contest, while Ottawa’s Nathan McCarthy collected three blocks on the defensive end to go with his 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Caleb Agada pitched in with 17 points and Vikas Gill added 10.
After jumping out to a 20-10 lead the Gee-Gees limped through the second quarter with just two points to show for the first six minutes of the stanza. The Lakers took a 26-24 lead, capitalizing on Ottawa’s poor shooting. The Gee-Gees never did find the range from long distance, shooting 8-for-38 from three-point land.
After holding a slim 34-28 lead at halftime, Ottawa scored the first 12 points of the second half thanks to a stronger tempo and multiple players taking the ball to the hoop. L’Africain canned a transition three-pointer and the Gee-Gees were in control.
Nipissing’s rebounding was a strong suit, leading the efforts for most of the game and finishing just one behind Ottawa at 33-32. The Lakers shot 39 per cent from the field in the first half but fell to 24 per cent in the second half while Ottawa shot 30 per cent in the first and 47 per cent in the second.
The Gee-Gees will wrap up the regular season at Laurentian on Saturday night with tipoff at 8 p.m.