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Gee-Gees prepared to host Guelph and Lakehead

Thursday November 22, 2012

Men’s Basketball (3-1 OUA)
Hosting Guelph (1-2 OUA) on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
Hosting Lakehead (1-2 OUA) on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

The uOttawa Gee-Gees will face the University of Guelph Gryphons on Friday to open the second weekend of home regular season action. Still, the real test will be on Saturday night as they face the Lakehead University Thunderwolves who are currently ranked seventh in the CIS rankings.  

“We are feeling good right now after our weekend but at the same time it is important we stay focused because we have two more important games coming up this weekend,” said head coach James Derouin.  “Guelph has gained confidence with their first win versus Queen’s and Lakehead has beaten us for the past few seasons so we are really looking forward to the weekend.”  

Last weekend the Gee-Gees showed signs of finding their rhythm as they out-scored their opponents by 18 points or more in both games over last weekend. Good bench support and great defensive play allowed Ottawa to out-play their opponents on both sides of the ball.

“We have been playing well but we still have some concerns that need to be addressed for us to be where we envisioned. We need to shoot the ball better, cut down on turnovers and allow less offensive rebounds,” said Derouin.

Johnny Berhanemeskel has been a key contributor early this season by stellar play on offence and good three-point shooting. He leads his team in scoring and is ranked second in the OUA with 21.0 points per game, shooting at fifty per cent clip from three point range and fifty seven per cent overall.

Guelph is due for a hot shooting performance, as they currently rank second-last in the CIS in field goal percentage. The Gryphons do have the edge on the Gee-Gees in terms of limiting turnovers, as they have been one of the best teams in the country at holding onto the basketball and have averaged five fewer turnovers than Ottawa.

Lakehead's fifth year star Yoosrie Salhia continues to be a force inside, as he sits second in the nation in rebounds per game with 12.3, as well as bucketing 15.7 points per game. He is one of five fifth year players for the Thunderwolves whom Gee-Gees fans have come to know well over the years.

Last season, the T-Wolves egded Ottawa by six, winning 78-72 in Thunder Bay. It was the fourth straight victory for Lakehead in close games between the two teams as the Thunderwolves have also won by two, three, and five points since they were last beaten by Ottawa 93-56 in the fall of 2009. Ottawa dispatched Guelph 83-77 last season.