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Record filled season finishes with a bang for Gee-Gees

Saturday February 15, 2014
Richard A. Whittaker

The uOttawa Gee-Gees finished their regular season on a high note on Saturday night as they took a dominant 103-61 victory over Algoma University. The garnet and grey finish the season with 20 wins and only two losses while breaking a number of team records.

The win gives 20 wins on the season which is the new uOttawa record for wins in a season. The previous record was 19 win set by the 2008-2009 Gee-Gees squad. This stat is not the only record broken this season however as they have set highs in multiple categories such as free throw percentage, three-pointers made in a season, highest team scoring average and an individual stat for points in a season set by Johnny Berhanemeskel [see bottom of the page for full stats and details].

“It feels good. I have good kids and they work really hard so I am happy about this season. It’s a credit to our coaching staff and this team,” said James Derouin. “With that said, our regular season doesn’t mean anything if we don’t get things done next Saturday. We have to retain our focus and prepare for playoffs because that's when the real test begins.”

Terry Thomas was the high scorer in the game tallying 20 points and also provided fans with their dose of dunks in transition. Thomas has had a successful season with the Gee-Gees averaging 22.2 points per game and providing uOttawa with countless highlight real dunks. The third-year will likely be an essential piece if the Gee-Gees are to go deep into the post-season.

“It’s so rare that to see a team that is so close and tightly knit and I think that is part of our success. We have so much chemistry this year and overall it was a great season - there are two parts to a season though and the post-season is the most important one. We will need to be efficient, work hard and play through 40 minutes because that is the key to beating really good teams,” said Terry Thomas.

Despite their seventh place OUA standing, Algoma University put a good fight at certain points in the game and played well defensively against the no.2 uOttawa.  

Johnny Berhanemeskel needed 10 points in this game to become the uOttawa record holder for points scored in a season and he accomplished just that scoring 451 and moving passed Josh Gibson-Bascombe’s 443. “It’s definitely a cool accolade to be a part of because there has been so much work and effort put towards that. I try not to focus on that stuff too much but it’s a great feeling to be recognized for my efforts,” said Berhanemeskel.


Season Records:

Free throw percentage: Current: 73.3 (2013-2014)  Previous record: 72.6 (1993-1994)

Team scoring average:   Current: 96.6 (2013-2014)  Previous record: 92.7 (1992-1993)

Three pointers made:    Current: 248 (2013-2014)  Previous record: 209 (2012-2013)

Points scored in a season: Johnny Berhanemeskel - 451  Previous record: Josh Gibson-Bascombe - 443 (2009-2010)