Friday, 2 October 2009

Gee-Gees open season with convincing win over Laval

Riding a 54 point second half that broke open a one-point halftime game, uOttawa Gee-Gees defeated Laval Rouge et Or 93-72 in a game played at Heritage College, a CEGEP in Gatineau, Quebec. Ottawa pushed the tempo at both ends, pressing Laval virtually all evening and forced 25 turnovers. 6'5" sophomore Warren Ward led Ottawa offensively with 21 points and 11 boards as the Gee-Gees led by 11 after three quarters and then turned things loose in the fourth quarter against a worn-down Laval group shorthanded without star 6'3" wing J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux, who missed the game with a hamstring injury.

6'5" F.O. Gagnon-Hebert, a fourth-year center, led Laval with 15 points on a nice array of jump hooks in the low post while 5'9" third-year point guard Xavier Baribeau added 12 points on 4-8 shooting from downtown but was charged with 7 turnovers against constant Gee-Gees ball pressure. Burly 6'5" Etienne Labrecque finished with 11 points as did 6'2" Christian Deslauriers-Trottier, the usual sixth man who saw more time in the absence of Beaulieu-Mahieux.

Ottawa had 6 players in double figures including 6'3" veteran fifth-year wing Donnie Gibson with 14 (but only 1-8 from downtown), 6'0" Max Clarkson with 12 including a couple of big second-half baskets, 6'6" Nemanja Balatic with 11 and 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe with 10 points (only 1-6 from downtown). Despite going only 6-25 from the beyond the arc, the Gee-Gees took advantage of 19 offensive boards including several by 6'2" freshman Ryan Malcolm-Campbell, who showed his strength and tenacity at both ends and finished his first official CIS game with 12 points. Ottawa was without freshman Kamesh Edwards who is out with the flu.

Laval continues their tour of Eastern Ontario with games in Kingston tomorrow night at Queen's (7 PM) and Sunday afternoon at RMC (4 PM). Ottawa is off for a couple of weeks when they travel to Montreal for the Redmen Classic at McGill.

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