Saturday, 28 November 2009

Ottawa 93, Lakehead 56

The Gee-Gees dominated the glass at both ends, getting several second chances and cleaning the defensive glass to start numerous, easy transition to hammer the T-Wolves before a large, disappointed crowd in Thunder Bay. Lakehead suffered their first loss of the OUA regular season but are still very likely to garner a Top 10 ranking in the coaches poll on Tuesday. The Gee-Gees took a 15 point lead into the third quarter and after a slow start got their transition game going again, primarily off their defense which forced numerous tough shots late in the shot clock and Ottawa led by as many as 28 in the third quarter.

Ottawa's 6'3" wing Donnie Gibson, who went scoreless at McMaster last night, missing a couple of late open looks that could have iced the game in regulation, came out on fire tonight and his back-to-back threes late in the second quarter pushed Ottawa's lead to double digits. Gibson was also solid on the glass at both ends. Both 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe and 6'6" Warren Ward have scored in double digits for Ottawa, with Ward leading all scorers with points in the mid-20's. The Gee-Gees somewhat-underrated stable of bigs again were steady on the defensive glass and were solid converting put backs and slick feeds from Gibson-Bascombe when help came to stop his dribble penetration.

The T-Wolves appeared a step slow defensively as the officials called numerous blocks on the Wolves that were close either way in the first half when it was still a game. 6'3" Joe Jones had a couple of nice takes to the rim for Lakehead while 6'2" Jamie Searle provided some savvy in the midst of some general questionable shot selection for Lakehead that helped fuel Ottawa's transition.

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