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Gee-Gees off to third straight national semifinal after OT win

Thursday March 12, 2015
Gees-Gees in action.
Michael P. Hall

With files from: Ryan McKenna, organizing committee

March 12, 2015

TORONTO (CIS) – Caleb Agada scored 22 points and Johnny Berhanemeskel added 19 as the Ottawa Gee-Gees prevailed in over time on Thursday night in quarter-final action at the 2015 ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS Final 8 Men’s Championship, taking a 91-85 win over the Bishop’s Gaiters.

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“I think there's an angel watching over our team or something cause at times they deserved that win,” Berhanemeskel said.


“I mean it's basketball and sometimes it doesn't always work like that but we got to squeeze out a win and get another chance on Saturday so we'll just take it and run with it.”

With Ottawa ahead 19-11 after the first quarter, the Gaiters went on a 24-3 run and led 35-28 after 20 minutes.

Ottawa would bounce back with both teams trading blows through the second half of play, alternating shots from the free throw line and the three-point line with the game tied over and over again. A tip by Mike Andrews at the buzzer would give Bishop’s a 51-46 lead going into the fourth.

Andrews would finish the game with 17 points while Jona Bermillo shot 6-10 from the three-point line to finish with 23 points and lead all Gaiters.

“If I was being honest, I would say that they probably deserved to win this one based on this stat sheet,” James Derouin, head coach of the Gee-Gees, said. “We have got fourth and fifth year guys that just don't want to stop playing. They willed it.”

Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue added 13 points, many of them at crucial moments.

Ottawa, ranked No. 3, will advance to Saturday’s semifinal against the host No. 7 Ryerson Rams at 8:30 p.m., live on Sportsnet 360. It will be the third straight semifinal appearance for the Gee-Gees, who claimed CIS bronze two years ago and a program-best silver in 2014.

The loss means the Gaiters will face the Windsor Lancers in Friday’s second consolation match at 4 p.m.



Boxscore: STATS

OTT: 19-9-18-30-15: 91 (OT)

BIS: 11-24-16-25-9: 85



Points: Caleb Agada (22), Johnny Berhanemeskel (19), Mike L’Africain (17)

Rebounds: Caleb Agada (9), Johnny Berhanemeskel (6), Mehdi Tihani (6)

Assists: Mike L’Africain (7)


Player of the game: Johnny Berhanemeskel



Points: Jona Bermillo (23), Mike Andrews (17), Karim Sy-Morissette (12)

Rebounds: Mike Andrews (18), Majid Naji (7)

Assists: Jona Bermillo (7)


Player of the game: Jona Bermillo




Thursday, March 12

11:00 Quarter-final 1: No. 1 Carleton 90, No. 8 Saskatchewan 50

13:00 Quarter-final 2: No. 4 Victoria 57, No. 5 Dalhousie 56

18:00 Quarter-final 3: No. 7 Ryerson 82, No. 2 Windsor 68

20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 3 Ottawa 91, No. 6 Bishop’s 85 (OT)


Friday, March 13

14:00 Consolation 1: Saskatchewan vs. Dalhousie (Rogers TV / * 

16:00 Consolation 2: Windsor vs. Bishop’s (Rogers TV / * 


Saturday, March 14

14:00 5th-place game (Rogers TV / * 

18:00 Semifinal 1: Carleton vs. Victoria (Sportsnet 360 / ** 

20:30 Semifinal 2: Ryerson vs. Ottawa (Sportsnet 360 / ** 


Sunday, March 15

11:30 Bronze (Rogers TV / *  

15:00 Final (Sportsnet 360 & ONE / ** 


* Rogers TV, Rogers TV Sports +, Super Sports Pak.

** The webcast of the semifinals & final are on pay-per-view basis.