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Ottawa’s downtown hot hands top Toronto

Saturday February 18, 2017
Matt Plunkett holding the ball in his hands.

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team saw two of its top three-point specialists put on a show en route to a 74-54 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday night at Montpetit Hall. Fifth-year Matt Plunkett and rookie Gage Sabean each drained five three-pointers to lead the team’s offensive efforts while the Ottawa defence held the Blues to their lowest point total of the season.

Three other Gee-Gees reached double-digit scoring while shooting 45 per cent as a team. Ottawa held a commanding 21-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and was similarly dominant in the second stanza, carrying a 37-17 lead into the half time break.

Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles owned the paint, swatting away shot attempts and collecting eight rebounds with three on the offensive end.

Toronto’s offence woke up in the third while a zone defence approach threw off Ottawa. “Our guys were a little hesitant with that,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. "Once the shooters realized they just had to catch and shoot, just do what they do, we were able to put the game out of reach."

The game opened up in the fourth, where Sabean kept the Gee-Gees firmly out in front by sinking three of his treys. 

Daniel Johansson totalled 11 points to lead the Blues with six coming in the first quarter. Toronto’s season leader Devin Johnson was held to nine points but did grab a co-game-high of nine rebounds, as did Ottawa’s Brody Maracle.