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RECAP: Gee-Gees clinch second place heading into playoffs with win over York

Sunday February 18, 2018
Brody Maracle dominates in the game against York
Greg Mason

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team took care of its final piece of regular season business on Saturday night at Montpetit Hall, dispatching the York Lions in a lopsided 82-54 win. The victory gives Ottawa second place in the OUA East regular season standings and a bye to the OUA quarterfinals.

Ottawa will host the winner of a Wednesday first round playoff game between Queen's and Ryerson in the quarterfinal at Montpetit Hall on Saturday, February 24.

Against York, Brody Maracle backed down his defender for the game’s opening two baskets, followed by a pair of shifty buckets at the rim by Calvin Epistola which set the tone for the game.

Maracle would continue to dominate both the glass and the blocks with solid positioning and strength, accumulating a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of floor time. He was also 9-for-11 from the field, finishing the season as the most efficient shooter in U SPORTS at 62.8 per cent.

“We did a really good job in the paint tonight and Brody got us started. The paint was so dominant it was enough for us to win,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin.

Brandon Robinson showed off his ball distribution skills, with one notable find resulting in a transition three-pointer by Gage Sabean.

Ottawa found little resistance inside or outside, draining threes and finishing inside to build a 33-14 lead early in the second quarter.

York was not able to make a dent in the third quarter; the Gee-Gees defence held firm while the shots continued to fall at the other end. Ottawa stretched its lead out to thirty points midway through the stanza.

The Gee-Gees celebrated the senior members of the team, Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles and Kenny Jean-Louis who both made impacts on the game as well. Pierre-Charles finished with 13 points and eight rebounds while Jean-Louis added six points and five assists.

“We’re thrilled to have Wednesday off and a home game next Saturday,” added Derouin. “We came into the season trying to get to this point. I thought it was going to take a 20-3 season to get there but a 17-6 record with a tie-breaker being enough shows you how competitive and how close this division is.”