There will be plenty on the line this weekend as the no. 1 ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team hosts the no. 6 ranked Western Mustangs (3-2) and the Windsor Lancers (4-1), the team which defeated the Gee-Gees in the OUA semi-final last season. The weekend marks the first regular season game which pits Ottawa against a ranked opponent and also provides a chance for redemption against the Lancers.
The Gee-Gees are proud to support the 2015 Toy Mountain campaign and will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for children aged 0-12 at the game on Friday night.
Western has been buoyed by a core of veteran players including three fifth-year starters at forward: Greg Morrow (24.6 points per game), Anthony Spiridis (13.2), and Peter Scholtes (11.8). The Gee-Gees are well aware of Morrow’s capacity for big games – he scored 41 points in the team’s regular season meeting last January in London. Still, Ottawa took the victory in that match and has won the last four head-to-head contests.
The Mustangs’ no. 6 ranking is largely based on the team’s successful preseason when the team went 5-0 against CIS competition. The two regular season losses have come against no. 5 ranked Ryerson, and to Laurier in overtime.
The Lancers’ lone loss of the regular season came at the hands of the Mustangs, an 83-63 trouncing in Windsor. The streaky team responded next time out with an 81-67 upset of the Ryerson Rams and then edged the 1-4 Toronto Varsity Blues 89-88.
Senior guard Alex Campbell has been the constant for Windsor so far, scoring at least 20 points in every regular season game for an average of 24.8. Most of his shots come from inside the arc, and Campbell sports a 51 per cent field goal success rate.
Tickets are available online and are $2 cheaper per ticket when purchased at least 2 hours in advance. Please note that for basketball double-headers, this means the discount applies until 4 p.m. as the women’s game tips off at 6 p.m.
All OUA regular season basketball games are webcast on OUA.tv.