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Home Town Blow Out

Friday January 17, 2014
Richard A. Whittaker

uOttawa put on a show on Friday night as a strong team effort allowed the Gee-Gees to dominate the Toronto Varsity Blues and score a season high 113-75. The team had a total of seven players reach double digits scoring in the contest.

“Offensively when we got in transition I think we did some pretty good things and our veterans really stepped in and had strong performances,” said head coach James Derouin. “Offensively I was happy but there are still some defensive aspects that we need some work on.”

The Gee-Gees appeared to be on a mission to put on a show for the home crowd, performing multiple dunks and alley-oops. The cause of this could possibly be attributed to the fact that the team has not played in front of their home court since November 23, 2013.

“It felt great to be on home court. We have travelled to some other gyms and played different places but it’s not the same as playing on home court. We practice here a lot so to be able to get some real game time was great and we wanted to put on a good show for the fans,” said starting point guard Mike L’Africain who shot 5-for-7 from long range and recorded 15 points.

The Gee-Gees were scorching hot in the first half, scoring 55 points in 20 minutes of play. The hot play continued in the second half as they buried the Varsity Blues, leading the game coast to coast.  They were also able to hold the country’s second best scorer, Alex Hill, to only 16 points in the game.

Another impressive feat was achieved on the night as James Derouin became the quickest head coach to reach 50 wins in Gee-Gees basketball history as he did so in only 76 games. The previous quickest was Derouin`s predecessor, David DeAveiro, who reached the mark in 95 games.

“It honestly has a lot to do with Dave DeAveiro and the team he left behind here for me when I took over which basically just allowed the program to keep going in the direction it was heading. It wasn’t a situation where I had to start from scratch and rebuild. I am just so fortunate to have taken over such a good group that was left here for me,” said Derouin.

uOttawa will be back in action tomorrow night for a much anticipated matchup against the no. 4 Ryerson Rams at 8 p.m.