Hosting the Jack Donohue Tip-off Tournament
Played Toronto at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall. (SSN Canada)
Half Game Final (OT)
Toronto 37 68 81
uOttawa 29 68 77
Rob Paris, 24 points – Toronto
Josh Gibson-Bascombe, 27 points - uOttawa
The Gee-Gees battled hard, giving fans much to cheer about as they came back to take the lead late in the fourth, but the Varsity Blues edged out the win in a 81-77 overtime victory.
After a slow start and down 37-29 at the half, the Gee-Gees came flying out of the gate in the second half. A beautiful steal and slam dunk by second-year guard Warren Ward (Brampton, Ont.) tied up the game in the fourth quarter and a three-pointer from fifth-year guard Josh Gibson Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) took the lead. Toronto tied up the game with one minute remaining but Gibson Bascombe sunk two free throws sending the game into overtime.
In the overtime, uOttawa took an early lead with two three-pointers from Gibson-Bascombe and Ward, but it just wasn’t enough as a final three pointer from Toronto sunk any final hopes of the Gee-Gees.
“We established ourselves defensively,” coach Dave DeAveiro stated, which was identified as an area for improvement from yesterday, “I’m pretty pleased with it.”
Josh Gibson Bascombe had an incredible game with 27 points, eight rebounds and a perfect record on his eight free throws as he played all but a minute of this fast-paced game.
Fourth-year forward Louis Gauthier (Ottawa, Ont.) also contributed to the stunning comeback with 15 points, though he couldn’t sink the second free throw to tie the game in the overtime. “I’m gonna make it for the regular season.”
“We stepped up our defence. [It] was much better. The guys realized it’s what we need to do to win.”
The Gee-Gees will challenge Bishop’s in their third and final game of the tournament tomorrow afternoon at 2:00pm.
Cape Breton vs Bishop’s
Cape Breton 36 97
Bishop’s 24 55
James Dorsey III, 19 points - Cape Breton
Onnex Blackwood, 15 points - Bishop`s
HEADLINE: Capers Maul the Gaiters
A high number of turnovers plagued the Gaiters this game in their huge 97-55 loss to the Capers. With Bishop’s 33 turnovers compared to the 13 from Cape Breton, the tournament woes continued for the Gaiters.
After a slow start to the game, the Gaiters capped the Capers lead to 12 points at the half. But the third quarter proved much more costly as Cape Breton pummelled Bishop’s, sinking 33 points and extending their lead by the same amount.
Second-year guard James Dorsey III led the scoring for the Capers with 19 point and captured the team’s second victory of the tournament. First-year guard Onnex Blackwood dropped 15 points for the Gaiters, but it wasn’t enough in their second loss of the weekend.
Both teams will round out their tournament play tomorrow afternoon with Cape Breton taking on Toronto at 12:00pm and Bishop’s facing uOttawa at 2:00pm.