The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team struck offensive gold in a 91-55 win on Friday afternoon at Western University. The no. 3 ranked team in U SPORTS continued their trend of a spreading the ball around on offence and for the first time this season the Gee-Gees were shooting the lights out from beyond the arc in a performance reminiscent of the team’s recent seasons.
One of the most notable stories was the breakout shooting of first-year guard Ryan Basso. The Timmins, Ont. native hit four consecutive threes, tallying 12 points in only 10 minutes of play. Basso was one of five players to score in double digits, as a whole the team made good on 17 threes, shooting 47.2 per cent in the game.
“Basso had some injuries and bad luck to start his career,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “It was great to see him out there making shots and doing some of the things he did as a recruit.”
Mackenzie Morrison was the leading scorer in the game with 13 points coming off of the bench, Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Adam Presutti, and Brandon Robinson also reached double figures to guide the team to victory. Robinson cracked the starting lineup for the Gee-Gees for the first time this season; since breaking out against Carleton he has been averaging 10.75 points per game.
Caleb Agada allowed others to handle the scoring load. Focusing on defence, he had seven defensive rebounds and two steals. Turning defence into offence was key for the team in the win, causing 20 turnovers resulted in 30 points. If the Gee-Gees can continue to parlay their two attacks, it could be the most essential improvement made to enhance a national championship run.
Another impressive feat for the Gee-Gees was that every player on the floor scored at least once. Ottawa’s 42 bench points were easily the most that the second unit have scored this season.
“It was a good game for us on the road and great to see our ball movement and some shots fall for our offence,” said Derouin.
The Gee-Gees will travel down the 401 to Windsor for a game against the Lancers at the St. Denis Centre. The two teams have had many battles and should be a marquee matchup of two top OUA Teams.
“Windsor is a great offensive team with a ton of weapons,” said Derouin. “We’ll need to be on our best to win in one of the toughest places to play in the OUA.”
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