Men’s Basketball (1-3 OUA, 6-6 overall)
@ Windsor Lancers (4-0 OUA) on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
@ Western Mustangs (2-2 OUA) on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
The Gee-Gees will see themselves travelling to Southern Ontario once again this weekend, this time to face the number one OUA East Windsor Lancers on Friday night and the Western Mustangs on Saturday, both ranked eighth and ninth respectively in Canada.
Despite a 1-3 record, the Gee-Gees are currently ranked fourth in the OUA East, with many teams in their division suffering losses over the weekend. The Gee-Gees closed out last weekend without a win in two attempts, first losing 79-68 to Waterloo and the following afternoon to Laurier, 91-71. Losing third-year star Warren Ward (Ottawa, Ont.) early in the first game due to injury did not help the Gee-Gees in their efforts.
Head Coach James Derouin said the team “struggled offensively with Warren out. But the losses were a disappointment from the defensive end; I always expect us to be good defensively.”
“The effort is always at a maximum for our group,” says Derouin, “The guys work hard every single game. Our limitations are our focus and skill set. Our effort and level of competition are high.”
It is still unsure whether Ward will play this weekend or take an extra week to rest before playing at home for the final games before Christmas Break on November 26-27.
First-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) continued his streak of scoring double digit games, finishing with 18 points on Friday night and 23 points on Saturday, ranking him seventh in the OUA for points.
Looking to this weekend, Derouin identified Windsor as a “talented, veteran team and one of the most dangerous teams in the country; they’re good at every position.”
Saturday’s Western game will see the Gee-Gees up against a large home crowd as the Mustangs host an appreciation and memorial night for former long time coach and staff member Doug Hayes. “It will be a huge crowd,” says Derouin, “And their ninth place CIS ranking reflects how good they could be [despite their 2-2 OUA record]. They are an extremely talented team.”
“It’s an extremely long road trip out there,” continued Derouin, “And really difficult for us to go in there short-handed and compete against such high level competition on the road. It’ll be a test.”
“These are the things that make your team better,” concluded Derouin, “We are going to go out there and compete and be ready to give them a game.”
-third-year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) – day to day