Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Gee-Gees Record Important Road Win

#6 Ottawa (20-6, 14-3) 74, Queen's (16-10, 10-7) 70 Holding off a valiant Gaels push down the stretch, the Gee-Gees solidified their hold on second place with a victory in Kingston. 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe shook off a lacklustre offensive effort against Carleton on Saturday with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists, including several buckets during an emphatic 20-2 run off the start of the game that gave Ottawa the early momentum. Gibson-Bascombe finished with 5 turnovers but only 1 after the first quarter. 6'9" Dax Dessureault had a strong game inside for Ottawa with 19 points on 7-9 shooting and added 8 rebounds, bouncing back from a two point effort against Carleton. 6'3" Simon Mitchell was outstanding for Queen's with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists, including a bomb from downtown Kingston late in the game, when the Gaels knocked down 5 3's in the last 3 or 4 minutes to bring the game back from being 10 down. Mitchell is having a first-team all star type season for the Gaels. 6'6" Mitch Leger added 13 points for Queen's, most in the first half while 6'5" freshman Jon Ogden finished with 10 points, including a pair of late 3's in the late push. In all, Queen's shot just 34.8% and 8 for 27 from downtown. With Ottawa in control leading by 18 late in the first quarter, the Gee-Gees tried a half-court zone trap which the Gaels proceeded to shred and Queen's got some momentum back later to trail by only 3 at 34-31 at halftime. Ottawa's bench contributed in the first half as 6'0" Vlad Pislaru knocked down 3 3's as part of his 11 point effort. Ottawa came storming out of the gates in the second half, building the lead back up to double digits and the lead remained between 6 and 10 until the late Gaels flurry. Queen's guard Baris Ondul returned to the lineup without the benefit of a practice after missing several games due to injury and was clearly not in game shape, playing only 12 minutes. Queen's hosts Laurentian and York this weekend while Ottawa hosts Ryerson and Toronto.

#1 Carleton (23-0, 17-0) 88, RMC (0-24, 0-17) 37

Carleton 17-0
Ottawa 14-3
Toronto 13-3
Queen's 10-7
Ryerson 5-11
York 4-13
Laurentian 3-14
RMC 0-17

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