Friday, 16 October 2009

McGill Redbird Classic: Mac and Ottawa win

As previously reported, McMaster "got out worked in the first half" as Coach Joe Raso stated frankly but then came back with an 8-0 run to start the second half, holding McGill scoreless for more than 4 minutes, building the lead to double digits to defeat the hosts. In addition to Keenan Jeppesen's 19 points/18 rebounds and Ryan Christie's 12/8, Mac got 12 points apiece from 6'1" Jermaine DeCosta and 6'5" Cam Michaud. The Marauders face UQAM on Saturday night.

6'4" fifth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe energized a listless Gee-Gees group early in the second half, keying a 19-2 run that turned around an 8 point halftime deficit as Ottawa defeated UQAM 90-82. Gibson-Bascombe had a dubious triple-double of 31 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 11 turnovers as the tenacious Citadins full court press gave Ottawa trouble with Gibson-Bascombe compounding matters by trying to dribble through it. 6'3" Donnie Gibson was also very good for Ottawa, finishing with 20 points including an array of tough, mid-range pull up jumpers which he has added to his game for his fifth and final year. The tough, athletic and quick Citadins were well deserving of their 42-34 halftime lead as 6'4" Greg Saint-Amond (22 points) attacked the rim and the offensive glass while 6'1" guard Arthur Plesius followed up his big game against X last week with another strong 20 point effort in the loss. For Ottawa, hard working 6'5" Nemanja Balatic knocked down a pair of big 3's in the fourth quarter as the Gee-Gees shot a tidy 7 for 11 from downtown while freshman Ryan Malcolm-Campbell generally struggled but had a pair of big baskets down the stretch. Kevin Levy added 14 for UQAM which faces McMaster tomorrow night while Ottawa takes on the host Redmen.

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