Men’s basketball (11-10 OUA)
At Toronto (14 -7 OUA) Saturday, February 12, 6:00 p.m.
Warren Ward 41 points, 10 rebounds; Johnny Berhanemeskel 16 points, 7 rebounds – uOttawa
Alex Hill 14 points, 3 rebounds – Toronto
Third-year guard Warren Ward, Brampton, Ont., lit up the court for the Gee-Gees and set a new career high record of 41 points Saturday evening to propel the Gee-Gees to a convincing 94-71 win over the University of Toronto’s Varsity Blues.
“He was unconsciously good,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “He just kept sinking them and they [Toronto] didn’t have an answer.”
Ward was 100% from beyond the arc (5/5) and shot 88.9% from within the arc (16/18). “He came ready and focused,” added Derouin. “As a leader, he wanted help his team turn things around after last night’s loss to York.”
Derouin went on to explain that their win was a total team effort: “We had major contributions from the bench tonight. Even when Toronto came back within eight points in the third, the bench stayed behind the team and didn’t go silent.”
With the win the Gee-Gees clinch the No. 3 in the OUA East team standings. Regardless of the outcome of their final game next weekend against the Ravens, they will finish third overall on the season and will likely face the Laurentian Voyageurs in the first round of playoffs.
With a final game remaining against the Ravens next Friday, Derouin adds that, “as much as it would be nice to beat the Ravens, seeing as the outcome won’t affect the final standings we will have to start shifting their focus to our playoff game.”
The Gee-Gees will host the Ravens next Friday, February 18, at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall.