Sunday, 5 September 2010

Cincinnati 79, Ottawa 57

The young Gee-Gees, playing without 6'5" Warren Ward and with several first year players in the lineup, hung around for about a quarter and a half, leading 24-23 with about 7 minutes remaining in the second quarter.  But Cincinnati ended the half on a 17-7 run to lead 40-31 at halftime, using a dominating defensive effort that saw Ottawa score only 13 points in the 17 minutes leading up to the end of the third quarter to pull away for the easy win.   

Highlight for Ottawa was early on as they stayed close keyed by the tremendous three-point shooting of 6'1" Johnny Berhane, a true freshman out of Orleans Lester B. Pearson H.S. making his post-secondary debut, who had 14 of Ottawa's 19 first quarter points including four three-pointers.

The Bearcats held the Gee-Gees to only 5 third-quarter points in breaking the game open to lead by 22 at 58-36 after 3.  The lead was 15 at 48-33 midway through the third as Ottawa's athleticism helped them stay in the game defensively but after the initial thrust hard trouble scoring. 

Out of the three teams the Bearcats played during the weekend, the Gee-Gees matched up the best from a purely athletic perspective.  Expect the Gee-Gees to try to force the issue defensively with this group as the CIS season gets underway.

Ottawa played without the services of rising third-year forward Ward (Brampton, ON), who continues to rehab a thumb injury suffered in the summer but welcomed back into the starting lineup 6'2" Jacob Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto Jarvis) who sat out last season.  The Gee-Gees also started 6'1" Jimmy Seymour, originally from Ottawa, who spent one season at Guelph where he played sparingly.

Here are some clips including game highlights summarizing Cincinnati's visit to Ottawa:

Saturday's Video report vs. Carleton

Friday's Video report vs. McGill

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