This weekend, the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team will be taking to the road for the last time in the regular season. The no. 3 ranked team in the nation are looking to bounce back after suffering their second loss of the season in the Capital Hoops Classic last weekend; the team’s only two losses have come at the hands of top-ranked rival Carleton.
Both of the team’s upcoming opponents have struggled this season, neither in possession of a winning record. It is a point of emphasis for the team to play out the remaining schedule with intensity, however, as last season the team did not play their best basketball after Capital Hoops.
Queen’s is an interesting matchup as the teams have had classic games against each other in recent history including a shootout at Montpetit Hall in last year’s playoffs. The Gaels have had an off year by their standards, but with veteran guard Sukhpreet Singh still on the roster, the struggling tricolour can still be dangerous. Despite some close games, including a four-point Gee-Gees win in the preseason this year, Ottawa’s dominance has been staggering in recent history, since 2009 the Gee-Gees are an impressive 20-0 against the Gaels.
The keys in both games and throughout the rest of the season are simple, locking down on defence, hitting free throws, and playing more cohesive team basketball.
Look for Caleb Agada and Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles to regain their scoring touch and be more aggressive this weekend. The continual emergence of Brandon Robinson as a scoring threat will also be something to watch, particularly after the third-year guard led the team with 17 points last weekend.
Following this weekend series, the Gee-Gees have their final regular season home games, first against Toronto and afterwards there is a marquee matchup with rival Ryerson which will have playoff implications on the line.