Saturday, January 14, 2012

OUA East: Gee-Gees sweep through GTA

Ottawa 83, Ryerson 77  In a highly entertaining and intense game with a playoff-like atmosphere, the visiting Gee-Gees survived a fourth-quarter Rams comeback as 6'1" Jacob Gibson-Bascombe knocked down a wide open 3 after a scramble following an offensive rebound to give Ottawa the lead for good and later 6'6" Vikas Gill made a key steal of a kickout look by Jahmal Jones when Ottawa nursed a 3 point lead with only seconds remaining as Gee-Gees took a stranglehold on second place in the OUA East.  6'3" Jordan Gauthier led Rams late comeback, providing Ryerson with their first lead since early in the game, driving home an "and 1" dunk along the baseline after blowing past his defender.  Earlier, Ottawa took a double digit lead on a string of slick and powerful inside moves from athletic 6'7" Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue, who later fouled out.  Ryerson started their fourth quarter run with a series of clever double downs on Dubue, creating a turnover and forcing tough shots.  Great game between two emerging teams.

Carleton 98, Toronto 64  5'11" Willy Manigat and 6'3" Thomas Scrubb came alive during the key second-quarter run that pushed the Ravens lead to double digits and Carleton was rarely threatened thereafter in a victory at Toronto.  Manigat came off the bench to hit a 3 and key some transition scores while Thomas Scrubb, somewhat overshadowing his more decorated brother's contribution at least on this night, made no mistake with several 3's coming off nice looks from his brother or 6'6" Tyson Hinz.  Thomas finished with 21 points while 6'2" Phil Scrubb had 22 many in his usual quiet-assassin manner.  6'5" Alex Hill came out firing, scoring 9 early points and finished with a game-high 30 points including 17 in the first half after which Blues trailed by 15.

York 66, Queen's 62  The Lions grabbed a two game lead in the "battle" for the six and final playoff spot in the East with a win in Kingston as 5'11" David Tyndale had a game-high 20.  After trailing by as many as 9, the Gaels got it back to 2 on a Bernard Bergesson basket with about 4 minutes remaining.  But the Lions held to sweep their games in Kingston this weekend.

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