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Men’s Basketball: Closing regular season hosting Carleton

Monday January 17, 2011

Men’s Basketball (11-10 OUA)
Host Carleton (21-0 OUA) on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall. (Rogers, SSN Canada)

The Gee-Gees will close out their regular season facing the No. 1 nationally undefeated Carleton Ravens. It will be a rematch of the Capital Hoops Classic – but this time, on the Gee-Gees home turf.

At the Capital Hoops Classic on January 26 at Scotiabank Place, the Ravens felled the Gee-Gees 78-65, but the Gee-Gees didn’t go down without a fight. Leading 23-9 after the first quarter, the Gee-Gees showed they could keep pace with the best team in the country despite the loss.

Third-year guard Warren Ward, Brampton, Ont., amassed an astounding 41 points, going 16 for 18 from the floor, a uOttawa record for one single game, in last Saturday’s victory over Toronto that clinched the Gee-Gees third place in the OUA East.

With the final standings in the OUA East already set, regardless of this weekend’s results, the third place Gee-Gees will be hosting a first-round play-off game against Laurentian, the sixth place OUA East team on Wednesday, February 23.

“We are continuing to get better. We’ve improved steadily and just need to continue to get better so when we play Laurentian we’re ready to go,” said head coach James Derouin, “And there is no better way to get better than to play the No. 1 team in the country. But our main focus is Wednesday night.”

First-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont., will be finishing his record-setting rookie season on Friday night. Berhanemeskel has shattered almost every uOttawa rookie record, tallying up 336 points so far, to the previous 215 record set by Ward two years previous. Berhanemeskel is making the biggest waves though in his deadly accurate three-point shooting, with 64 three-pointers so far this season, a uOttawa record by more than 20 shots. And it’s not only uOttawa records that are falling, but Berhanemeskel could also be resetting some OUA rookie records with performance this season.

Friday’s game will also be senior’s night, as the Gee-Gees honour graduating fifth-year players Nemanja Baletic, Ottawa, Ont., and Louis Gauthier, Ottawa, Ont., in a team ceremony after the game.

Come support the Gee-Gees on Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall and help give them that home court advantage as they match up against their cross-town rivals, the Ravens.