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Top Ten Update: Men’s Basketball No. 2

Tuesday November 19, 2013
Richard A. Whittaker

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team is now the no. 2 ranked team in the country as four Gee-Gees teams remain ranked in the national top ten polls.

The Gee-Gees had been ranked third for the opening three weeks of the season, but move to second spot following previous no. 2 Alberta’s shocking one-point loss at home to Brandon (1-5) in Canada West conference action. Meanwhile, Ottawa’s road wins over Brock and McMaster moved the team’s record to 6-0 in the regular season and 14-0 overall in CIS head-to-head action this year. The Gee-Gees continue to be led by fourth-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, who scored a career high 38 points at McMaster and is third in the country with a 27.2 points per game scoring average. The Gee-Gees reach the no. 2 spot for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

The women’s basketball team also moved up in the rankings this week. Ottawa jumped two spots to no. 7 following its two road wins against previously undefeated McMaster and Brock. The team is now first in the OUA East with a 5-1 record in the regular season, having won four in a row. Both basketball teams return home to host games at Montpetit Hall this weekend, featuring the Waterloo Warriors on Friday night and the Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday.

The women’s volleyball team also plays at home this weekend, facing off against Top Ten foe York on Saturday. The no. 8 ranked Gee-Gees are 7-1 to start the regular season, with their only loss at the hands of no. 4 York on the Lions’ home court two weeks ago. Since then Ottawa has rolled off four straight wins, dropping only two sets in the process. Ottawa will also host Nipissing on Sunday afternoon: both games are scheduled for 2 p.m.

Wrapping up the uOttawa Top Ten contingent this week is the women’s swim team, who earned a no. 9 ranking this week after opening the season at no. 8. Rookie Neeley Arnott highlighted the weekend of action in the pool, qualifying for the CIS championships with a time of 1:04.17 in the 100-metre backstroke at the OUA’s Stratten Divisional. She is the first of the women’s swim team to qualify this season.