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Season-ender was a win

Sunday March 15, 2009

MEN’S BASKETBALL (3-3 playoffs, 19-3 OUA, 31-10 overall):

Played No. 7 Concordia Sunday, March 15 (1:30 p.m.) in the consolation final at the 2008-09 CIS Final Eight tournament at Scotiabank Place.


    HALF       GAME

Concordia     32         76

uOttawa   40     83

Damian Buckley – 17 points, two rebounds -  Concordia

Dax Dessureault – 22 points, 13 rebounds - uOttawa


HEADLINE: Season-ender was a win


Fifth-year post Dax Dessureault scored 22 points in his final university game Sunday as No. 5 Gee-Gees men’s basketball defeated No. 7 Concordia 83-76 to win the consolation final for fifth-place at  the 2009 CIS men’s basketball Final Eight.

“Had a good career, happy with what I did and it’s good to finish with a win,” said Dessureault, the Gee-Gees player of the game in each of three CIS tournament games, who fouled out with 1:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Gee-Gees, which had four players in double figures, improved to 7-7 in 14 career CIS tournament games after going 2-1 in the team’s sixth all-time national appearance and third in five seasons.

“You don’t want to end your season on a loss,” said Gee-Gees coach Dave DeAVeiro.

“They came to the nationals and they won their last game.”

A running Josh Gibson-Bascombe three-point basket late in a see-saw first quarter put the Gee-Gees up 20-18 before closing out the frame ahead 22-20. The fourth-year guard and second-team CIS all-Canadian from Toronto had 18 points and five rebounds.

Gee-Gees rookie guard Warren Ward ran the floor for a running one-handed dunk and two of his 12 points in the second quarter for a 35-30 uOttawa lead.

uOttawa closed out the half ahead 40-32.

Stingers fourth-year guard Damian Buckley, a 2008-09 first team CIS all-Canadian, scored his 2000th career point with 4:38 left in the third quarter then hit the floor off a hard stuff two minutes later and was assisted off the floor. Buckley fouled out with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter.   

Fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright, his right knee taped after sitting out Saturday’s 85-63 win over No. 8 StFX, scored two points over nine minutes in the first half but found life for 11 points in the second half.

“We could have folded up,” said Wright, who said he plans to return for a fifth season next year.

“We stuck with it and stayed together and finished off on a positive note.”

Fifth-year forward David Labentowicz scored eight points in his final university game and said he won’t miss some things now that his eligibility has ended.

“7 a.m. practices” said Labentowicz. “But it’s something that made me better as a person.”