Thursday night's game between the uOttawa men's basketball squad and the Baylor Bears was a fast paced and physical matchup that ended in defeat for the Gee-Gees by a score of 100-84.
uOttawa struggled with a much bigger and longer Baylor team, losing the battle on the glass 43-18. Offensively, the Gee-Gees kept themselves in the game with the three-ball, with Matt Plunkett and Brandon Robinson holding the hot hands. Plunkett shot 75 per cent from three-point land before leaving the game with an ankle injury while Robinson went 4-8 from beyond the arc, finishing the game with 14 points.
Defensively, the undersized Gee-Gees showed flashes of brilliance defending individually, but struggled as a team defensively at times. The Gee-Gees put on a full-court zone press late in the third quarter to conserve the energy of their limited bench and slow down the Bears running game.
The 2-3 zone stalled the Baylor offence as the Bears struggled to hit outside shots. However, the Bears continued to outmuscle the Gee-Gees on the glass and maintained their double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter. Easy threes and transition layups stretched the BU lead to sixteen as the clock wound down.
“Our big game is lacking right now without Johnny and Gab; without Mike on the floor there’s a lot of standing around, but that’s normal when you lose a player like Johnny early on,” acknowledged Head coach James Derouin. Derouin expects that the addition of Brody Maracle and Nathan McCarthy, as well as the development of the passing game of second-year guard Brandon Robinson will elevate the Gee-Gees inside game.
Baylor’s Jonathan Motley finished with a game-high 23 points. Rico Gathers put up a double-double, recording 16 points and 11 rebounds. Caleb Agada and Mike L’Africain finished the game with 14 and 13 points respectively, and were responsible for ten assists between the two of them.
The Gee-Gees frustrations tonight are not indicative of their future success in the CIS. They have all of the pieces to be a successful basketball team and a contender for the National Championship. These games are an excellent learning experience and an opportunity to work out the kinks against non-CIS competition.