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Strong second half keeps Gee-Gees undefeated

Friday November 13, 2015
Richard A. Whittaker

The Gee-Gees men's basketball team separated itself from a pesky Lakehead team in the second half, opening up a big lead which carried to an 89-61 victory.

Ottawa turned on the jets coming out of halftime. They outscored the Wolverines 21-17 in the third quarter and 25-10 in the fourth. Ottawa outrebounded their opponent 47-21, including 31 defensive boards. Caleb Agada and Nathan McCarthy both recorded double-doubles (15 points, 10 rebounds for Agada and 13 points and 13 rebounds for McCarthy) while Mike L’Africain led all scorers with 25 points. Brandon Robinson finished with 14.

Lakehead had three players score in double figures, Brandon Persad who had 15, Bacarius Dinkins finished with 14 and Nick Burke had 10.

Early on, the Thunderwolves were tight on defence and were able to shoot well from three.  A turning point came when a Mehdi Tihani steal led to an uncontested slam by Caleb Agada. The dunk gave Ottawa the lead at 35-34 and started what was a defensive fury, which led to easy buckets in transition for the Gee-Gees. The Garnet and Grey closed the first half on a hot streak leading 43-35.

The Gee-Gees started slow, but seemed unstoppable once they got in rhythm. With the 89-61 victory Ottawa goes to 3-0 and will look to go undefeated on their first road trip of the season when the visit the Guelph Gryphons on  November 14.