Men’s Basketball (1-1 OUA, 6-4 overall)
Hosted Guelph (0-2 OUA) Saturday, November 6, 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall (SSN Canada)
Johnny Berhanemeskel 18 points, 3 rebounds; Warren Ward 15 points, 7 rebounds - uOttawa
Kareem Malcolm 14 points, 2 rebounds, Daniel McCarthy 11 points, 6 rebounds - Brock
The Gee-Gees showed up much stronger in tonight’s match-up against Guelph, showing themselves to be that same team that was pre-season ranked number nine in the country in their 82-60 win over Guelph.
It was a different team that opened tonight’s game, beginning with seven unanswered points, and leading 19 at half. Despite a slow start to open the second half and getting into foul trouble early, the Gee-Gees maintained their lead and finished far ahead of the Gryphons.
First-year rookie Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont., had another stellar game for the garnet and grey, leading the team with 18 points in the game.
“We knew it was important for us to come back tonight and give it our all,” said Berhanemeskel, “We were disappointed with our loss last night; we knew what we did wrong so we came back today and everyone contributed and that was a great game today.”
Head coach James Derouin was quick to praise Berhanemeskel, who has scored double figures in every game he has played since pre-season in August. “Johnny is a special kid; he works hard, does everything he’s asked to do and just continues to amaze. He is a rookie and is incredible; he continues to impress us.”
Compared to last night, Derouin said, “Tonight we just looked relaxed, we played hard on defence and we just did what we were supposed to do. We played composed. And it takes a night like last night to get a night like tonight. It’s just part of our development.”
The Gee-Gees will play the University of Waterloo next Friday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. and Wildrid Laurier University the following night, Saturday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m..