The third-ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team traveled to Toronto for the first of two final regular season road games this weekend, with the first stop coming at York University.
A generally flatfooted performance throughout most of the game led the Gee-Gees to a last-minute 70-69 win over the Lions. York’s incessant pressure after Gee-Gee miscues kept them in the game much longer than most teams, and the Lions missed a buzzer beater chance to complete the upset.
Adam Presutti was the driving force offensively for the Gee-Gees throughout the night with 18 points. In the final minute of the game, it was Presutti’s work at the free throw line that handed his team the victory. Down one with 13 seconds remaining, the fifth-year point guard drove to the hoop and drew a crucial foul, converting both of his shots at the line.
"York played a hell of a game,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. "They probably deserved to win tonight. They outworked and out-hustled us, we made just enough plays to get the win."
Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles was able to overpower the Lions in the paint scoring 15 points and pulling down seven rebounds. On the perimeter, Matt Plunkett buried some key three pointers early and finished with 11 points.
An off night for Caleb Agada, along with Brody Maracle out of the lineup gave the Lions comfort to move around the floor uncontested. Head coach James Derouin made a concerted effort to play his entire roster in the game, giving advanced minutes to most bench players. The grinder of a game had all of the makings of a freak road loss, but the Gee-Gees snuck away with the win.
In the fourth quarter, Calvin Epistola was forced to exit the game due to injury. He went to the bench with an apparent injury to his left arm, he did not return afterwards. If Epistola is out of the lineup for the second half of the road series, look for increased minutes from freshman point guard Ryan Basso.
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