GeeGees Image

Ottawa suffers semifinal defeat, seeks bronze Saturday

Friday March 11, 2016
Gee-Gees in action
Michael P. Hall

The no. 2 ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team was unable to pull off the three-game sweep of the OUA schedule against its counterpart from Carleton, falling 82-74 to the Ravens in the OUA Wilson Cup semifinal on Friday evening at Ryerson. The win sends Carleton through to the CIS Final 8, while Ottawa will fight for a chance at the national tournament in the OUA bronze medal match at 5 p.m. Saturday against either Ryerson or Windsor.

The Ravens established a 20 point lead early in the second half, and while Ottawa scrapped away in the fourth quarter the lead did not shrink below ten until back-to-back threes from Brandon Robinson gave Ottawa a gasp in the final minute. The Ravens closed out the victory with trips to the free throw line while the Gee-Gees were held off the scoreboard on three long distance attempts until Vikas Gill’s half-court shot went in at the buzzer.

For the game, Ottawa was 11-37 from beyond the arc, led by four from Caleb Agada. Agada led the squad with 22 points and seven rebounds while Nathan McCarthy added 14 points. For Carleton, it was Connor Wood with an 18 point night. The fourth-year guard was named the Porter Airlines Player of the Game.

The Gee-Gees had a solid opening to the game, posting an 11-4 lead. That was erased by an 11-0 run from the Ravens which was fuelled in part by turnovers from Ottawa. The offence went cold completely for the garnet and grey over the final 6:20 of the first quarter, and the Ravens led 18-11 after ten minutes of play.

After the Ottawa cut the lead to five, back-to-back threes from Gavin Resch with 1:35 to play in the second quarter opened up the double-digit lead which carried Carleton throughout the second half. Resch finished with 16 points in the ball game.

At the half, the Gee-Gees were shooting 9-for-36 from the floor and 4-for-17 from 3.

“We had a great start, and we had some missed opportunities,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. "There are some good lessons there. Once we got on our heels we really fell back. You have to be able to take the runs and fight back. The air went out of the balloon a little bit early and it affected our energy."