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Weekend preview: Men's basketball

Friday February 20, 2009

MEN’S BASKETBALL (19-2 OUA, 27-7 overall):

Host No. 1 Carleton (20-1 OUA) Saturday, February 21, (8:00 p.m.) for final OUA East regular season game (SSN Canada)(Rogers Television, throughout Ontario)




If the Gee-Gees defeat Carleton at uOttawa for the first time since February 17, 2007 (77-71) and score at least a 16-point win the club will finish in first-place in the OUA East for the first time since Bob O’Billovich coached the 1974-75 uOttawa team to a 13-1 regular season first-place finish.


The Gee-Gees are 3-6 against Carleton in the regular season over the last five seasons, including 1-3 at Montpetit Hall.


“Our defence has to be better, especially against ball screens, said Gee-Gees coach Dave DeAveiro, who goes into Saturday’s game with an overall coaching record of 171-104, including 114-61 in the regular season to extend his team record in each category.

"I would rather be playing than coaching,” said DeAveiro, 45, who played 68 regular season games as a Gee-Gees guard, scoring 8.0 points-per-game over five seasons, ending in 1989.


“I’d have more control that way.”

The Gee-Gees are No. 3 in the CIS Top-Ten this week for a third straight week.

Fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe continues as the Gee-Gees scoring leader with 17.55 points-per-game.


The Toronto native scored 18 points with six rebounds in the Gee-Gees 87-72 loss to Carleton at the 2009 MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place January 28.


“'We're trying to go in and fix the things we did last time,” said Gibson-Bascombe. 


“Too many mental errors.”

Fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright (Syracuse / Utica, New York) is second in team scoring at 17.09 PPG in nine regular season games since joining the Gee-Gees at Christmas.


Wright, 22, a former all-State top prospect who attracted mass attention in high school, is unfazed heading into the first-place showdown.


“Just another game,” said Wright, whose parents and many of eight siblings will be in attendance Saturday. “The biggest difference for me here is I am allowed to be myself.”

Wright, an electrifying playmaker, said the Gee-Gees need to play with discipline.


“We'll all good defenders. It's just about communicating,” said Wright. “You want to put on a show for whoever is there.”

uOttawa will receive a first-round playoff bye and host a quarter-final playoff game next Saturday, February 28 (Time TBA) regardless of the result.


"It's not really a monumental game,” said DeAveiro. ”We're still playing next week.”

Fifth-year post player Dax Dessureault, third in team scoring at just over 15 PPG and the team rebounding leader at just under seven boards per game, along with fifth-year forward and team captain David Labentowicz, will be honoured prior to Saturday’s game.


"We want this to be our first test in a set of do-or-die games,” said Labentowicz. 

"We've got to win each quarter by four.”

Ticket prices: Adult $6, Student $4, Child $3; Club seats Adult $10, Student $6, Child $3.


·    Men’s basketball practice: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Friday