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Men’s Basketball: Hosting Lakehead and McMaster

Wednesday November 24, 2010

Men’s Basketball (1-5 OUA)

vs Lakehead (5-1 OUA) on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

vs McMaster (3-3 OUA) on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (Rogers, SSN Canada)

The Gee-Gees will look to close out the first half of their season before Christmas with a couple of wins as they host Lakehead and McMaster at Montpetit Hall.

Despite two losses this past weekend, the Gee-Gees gave their competition a real run for their money, falling 84-81 to eighth ranked nationally Windsor and the following night coming up short in overtime 76-71 to Western.

Head Coach James Derouin, was proud of how his team stood up to Windsor, especially without starters Luc Minani (Ottawa, Ont.) and Warren Ward (London, Ont.). “It was a great game; we played one of our best games so far.” And though never calling a loss a victory, Derouin said last Friday’s game was “as close as a loss can be to a victory. The things we had been working on all week in practice really showed in the game.”

After two weeks of tough cross-over games, which saw the team travelling to face teams in the West division of the OUA, the Gee-Gees are excited to return home. “The cross-over games are extremely difficult,” explained Derouin, “We’re more accustomed to our gym and looking forward to returning home”

Though starting the season with a 1-5 record is not ideal, Derouin is optimistic about where the team is headed. “The guys can taste it, we’re so close.  Hopefully it comes together and we can get everyone on the same page at the same time.”

Fifth-year forward Nemanja Baletic (Ottawa, Ont.) saw his first start of the season last Friday against Windsor and followed it up with a stellar performance, sinking 19 points and capturing 10 rebounds.

First-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) was named this week’s uOttawa athlete of the week for his solid performance last weekend, averaging 16 points per game on the weekend and totally 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. He is also the only Gee-Gee to have earned double points in every game so far this year.

“Everyone is healthy,” says Derouin heading into the weekend, “And we will continue to shake up the line-up a bit to find the right combination that will work for our team.”

Come out to Montpetit Hall to support your Gee-Gees in their final games before Christmas; tip-off is at 8:00 p.m. both nights.