Gee-Gees run over the Mustangs on opening night
After a red hot pre-season, the uOttawa Gee-Gees men’s basketball team continued the heat as they opened their regular season with a big 104-76 win over the Western Mustangs. Johnny Berhanemeskel led the way in scoring for the garnet and grey, posting 21 points and three assists.
uOttawa ran away with the victory early in the game and never looked back. Despite putting up their best effort the Mustangs were unable to keep up with the Gee-Gees as they committed 24 turnovers in the game. Ottawa maintained its identity as a deadly team from the three-point line by hitting 11 treys and shooting 42.3 per cent from long range.
Caleb Agada had a strong performance as he chipped in offensively with 18 points and six rebounds. In his first regular season game in a starting role the forward appeared to be the full package as he was relentless on defence, he hit clutch three-pointers, and added some highflying dunks.
“I didn’t exactly play the way I wanted to at the start of the game. I still have areas I need to work on,” said Agada. “We obviously want to get back to the national championship again this year. It’s really early to be talking about that but we definitely got the start to the season that we wanted. We are already looking ahead to tomorrow night. It’s going to great challenge for us and we are ready for it.”
“I thought we did some really good things tonight. I get frustrated sometimes with our defence but we were a lot better in that department by the third quarter and I thought that was the difference in the game. I think overall we still have long ways to go in that area,” said head coach James Derouin. “We know Windsor really well and we know they are a really good team. We are playing a much bigger team so we have to clean up the glass of we are going to be in for a long night.”
The intensity of the game was high right away on Friday night as a routine play quickly escalated and resulted in a pile up in front of the Gee-Gees bench.
Western’s Anthony Spiridis was assessed a unsportsmanlike foul on the play. The altercation only seemed to fuel the Gee-Gees as they responded with an 11-4 offensive run. Johnny Berhanemeskel appeared to be in mid-season form as he posted 10 points in the first quarter while hitting a spectacular three-point shot after crossing up his defender.
The Gee-Gees were able to jump ahead before the halftime break as they went on run which was highlighted swift passing and strong finishes at the basket. They took a commanding 55-37 lead into the break.
The Gee-Gees will be facing an even tougher test tomorrow night when they welcome Lien Phillip and the no.7 Windsor Lancers to Montpetit Hall.