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Ottawa sweeps Top Ten weekend with another big win

Saturday December 3, 2016
Adam Presutti en action.
Ellen Bond

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team earned another big win on home court, completing a Top Ten weekend with a win over the no. 5 ranked Brock Badgers, 90-63 on Saturday night.

Caleb Agada had a massive 28-point performance, adding six rebounds, five assists, and five steals to his night. Three other Gee-Gees joined the fifth-year in double-digit scoring, while Brock had 12 points apiece from Tyler Brown and Daniel Cayer.

Notably, Ottawa held Brock’s All-Canadian forward Dani Elgadi to nine points on 2-7 shooting, and have yet to allow an opponent to score more than 63 points.

“Jean gets fired up to get those matchups but it’s a team defence – our switching, our rotations, our double-downs, are all a big part of that - and holding a great player like him to that is impressive for our guys,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin.

The Gee-Gees took a twenty-point lead midway through the third quarter, at the 53-33 mark. The second quarter was particularly effective for the Garnet and Grey defence; Brock was held to seven points in the frame.

“We had some lulls defensively but the numbers are pretty good. I’m proud of the guys because they competed, right to the end on defensive rebounding especially,” noted Derouin. “We’re getting closer but I still feel like we’ve got a long way to go.”

Agada was crucial in the first half, scoring 15 of Ottawa’s first points to pace the home squad to a 35-25 lead midway through the second quarter. Matt Plunkett, who finished with 12 points was also feeling it early, calling for the ball and sinking four-of-five from downtown.

One other big performance came down low, where Brody Maracle provided 10 points, five rebounds, and a whole lot of grit. “Brody has to carry a lot of the weight down low, and those things kind of go unnoticed,” said Derouin. “That’s how he is – he works hard.”

Game got chippy in the early goings of the fourth quarter, slowing the flow right down. Adam Presutti sank a pair of threes to bring the spring back into the step of the Gee-Gees.

The pair of victories this weekend pushes uOttawa’s regular season record to 5-0. The team will next be on the court at the Rod and Joan Shoveller Memorial Tournament in Halifax, December 29-31.