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Gee-Gees show promise despite loss to Bearcats

Sunday September 5, 2010

Men’s Basketball (0-0 OUA, 0-1 overall)

Host Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0 in Canadian tour) in exhibition game Sunday, September 5, 2:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall

  1 2 3 4 F
Bearcats 21 19 18 21 79
uOttawa 19 12 5 21 57

Sean Kilpatrick: 17 points, 1 rebound; Cashmere Wright: 17 points, 1 rebound –Cincinnati
Johny Berhane: 16 points, 2 rebounds; Nemanja Baletic: 14 points, 6 rebounds – uOttawa

The Cincinnati Bearcats added a third and final win to their Canadian tour record, after a 79-57 victory over the Gee-Gees at Montpetit Hall Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats defeated McGill 89-58 on Friday evening at the Raven’s Nest, and continued their winning streak with an 87-70 win over the Carleton Ravens Saturday night at Scotiabank Place.

Despite the loss, the young Gee-Gees squad played a very competitive game and demonstrated a lot of potential.

“I was very happy with the way our guys performed today. Cincinnati is a Division I program, they are playing in the Big East, one of the best divisions in the NCAA,” said head coach James Derouin, who made his CIS head coaching debut with the Gee-Gees.

Fifth-year forward Louis Gauthier, Ottawa, Ont., opened up the scoring for the Gee-Gees just over two minutes in with a nice shot over his 6’11” Bearcats defender. After that, it was the Johny Berhane show for the rest of the first quarter, as first-year guard Berhane, Ottawa, Ont., went four for four from the arc and added a shot from the paint to pick up 14 of his 16 game points. The Lester B. Pearson high school product finished the game as the Gee-Gees’ leading scorer.

The Gee-Gees continued to pace the Bearcats in the second quarter, with third-year 2009 OUA all-star Warren Ward, Brampton, Ont., making an appearance on the court. Ward did not stay on long, however, as he is still recovering from thumb surgery he underwent earlier this spring.

Gauthier once again opened the Gee-Gees’ scoring in the second half, but the garnet and grey would only go on to put an additional three points on the board in the third, with the Bearcats outscoring them 18-5.

But the garnet and grey came back with fire in the final quarter and matched the Bearcats in scoring with 21 points to finish the game 79-57.

Coach Derouin added that he saw a lot of great things from the freshmen on the team.

“Overall I thought we did some good things. We had some jitters, but I thought we looked like a good young team. Some of these guys haven’t even turned 18 yet, but what I liked about it was that with all the young guys, you saw a little something from each one that shows that the future is going to be good.”

Berhane said that the team felt prepared coming into Sunday’s NCAA match-up. He explained that the team made sure to focus on their playing, not their opponents.

As for his outstanding university debut performance, Berhane said it came down to repetition: “getting in the gym every day, two to three times a day. I just went out there today and did what I’ve been practicing and went from there, and good things happened.”

Derouin acknowledged Berhane for his hard work so far. “That kid is in here every day, I mean every single day and for hours at a time. He’s been amazing since we got him and what he did today is what he does in practice every single day. A guy that works that hard deserves to be acknowledged and it showed today.”