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PREVIEW: Ottawa travels to division rivals

Wednesday November 23, 2016
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Ellen Bond


Ottawa (1-0) at Laurentian (2-2)
Friday, November 25
8 p.m.
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Ottawa (1-0) at Nipissing (1-3)
Saturday, November 26 
8 p.m.
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The uOttawa men’s basketball team received a boost in the national rankings this week, rising one position into the no. 4 spot following its win to open the regular season. The Gee-Gees will now take on a pair of OUA North Division rivals, and will need to continue the strong defensive work which has been the focus in the early going.

Ottawa received contributions from all over its lineup during its win over Algoma, most notably from Athlete of the Week honouree Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles. The forward recorded regular season career highs in both points (18) and rebounds (11), sending a strong message that Ottawa will be tough inside once again this season. 

Laurentian earned two wins at home to open the season, defeating Western and Windsor, before falling to Toronto and Ryerson on the road. Back on their home court, the Voyageurs will be looking to take down Ottawa for the first time since a one-point squeaker in January of 2013. The 2016-17 Voyageurs are led by the nation’s leading scorer, Kadre Grey. Grey has averaged 28.5 points per game to start the regular season and also dropped 37 in a pre-season tilt with UBC-Okanagan. The freshman guard relies on getting to the free-throw line where he is an 87 per cent shooter; he leads the nation with 43-of-49 good from the stripe. 

Nipissing also had a solid showing in week one at home, defeating Western 71-52 and dropping a three-point result to Windsor after leading for the opening three quarters. As a team, the Lakers are shooting 40.3 per cent from long range, good for fourth in the nation while Ottawa ranks seventh with a 39.1 per cent showing in game one. Four players sit with an average of double-digit scoring and Nipissing has also been solid on the glass, particularly on the defensive end. The rebounding battle between leading scorer Justin Shaver and Ottawa’s duo of Maracle and Pierre-Charles will be a key indicator of success on Saturday.

The Gee-Gees home opener weekend is a week away. A pair of Top Ten teams, McMaster and Brock, will be the opponents on December 2 and 3. Tickets are available online.