The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team received a regular season career high 21 points from forward Brody Maracle to highlight a 92-77 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs on Friday night.
Maracle made his presence felt early, scoring nine points in a closely contested first quarter. By night’s end, the third-year from Napanee, Ont. sported a 7-for-11 field goal performance and a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line alongside five rebounds.
Ottawa’s post presence did not end at Maracle with Jean Emmanuel Pierre Charles adding 19 points and nine rebounds. Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin acknowledged that the inside game was the focus for Ottawa against Laurentian’s guard heavy lineup.
“That’s where we’re at our best and when we got the ball down there it was excellent tonight,” said Derouin, noting the combined 17-20 shooting performance of the big man duo.
Laurentian was able to stay within reach of Ottawa throughout the first half, trailing 43-36 at half time. David Aromolaran led the visitors with 20 points while season scoring leader Kadre Gray was held to 13.
“Our first quarter and fourth quarter defence was not at the standard of defence that we want to play. Our one-on-one defence particularly let up at some points – we kept relaxing and they made us pay every time,” added Derouin.
Adam Presutti chipped in with 16 points including several buckets to return Ottawa from those relaxed stretches. Patience and exemplary ball-movement against the Laurentian zone defence in the third quarter kept the Gee-Gees offence chugging, stretching the lead out to 62-45 on a 20-9 run.
The win moves Ottawa to 8-0 in regular season play and extends the team’s overall winning streak to 17 games. The Gee-Gees host Nipissing (4-7) on Saturday night at 8 p.m.