6’3″ Caleb Agada had 21 of his game-high 28 points in the first half in which Ottawa grabbed a double-digit lead and second year wing MacKenzie Morrison went 4 for 5 from downtown to lead Ottawa to a bounce-back 94-78 win over the Dinos on the second day of the Laval Rouge et Or tournament in Ste. Foy. The Gee-Gees who made only 12 for 44 3’s yesterday, knocked down 15 of 31 today including 8 for 16 in the second half.
Agada, who spent much of yesterday’s game against host Laval in foul trouble, jumped out to a quick start, shooting 6-10 from the floor before the intermission to allow Ottawa to take control rather early. Morrison, the promising but little-used reserve who recently returned to the Gee-Gees lineup after separating his shoulder in an NCAA pre-season game in August vs. Baylor, took over in the second half with 3 of his 4 3’s while 6’1″ fifth-year guard Mike L’Africain shook off a poor start to the tournament with all 10 of his points in the second half this afternoon. L’Africain added 8 assists while Ottawa’s big man duo of 6’8″ Nathan McCarthy and 6’7″ Brody Maracle combined for 20 points and 9 boards to send the Dinos to the second consecutive defeat of the tournament.
U.S. import 6’5″ Thomas Cooper had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (against 6 turnovers) to lead Calgary while 6’6″ Lars Schlueter returned to the Dinos lineup after missing yesterday’s action with an illness to score 8 of his 11 points after halftime. Dinos did make a third quarter run to cut a 14 point halftime deficit to 4 but could not get over the hump in the second half despite a 15 for 17 effort from the foul line against only 5 for 12 for Ottawa after halftime. The teams combined for 48 fouls – 24 apiece.
Ottawa now faces UNB Varsity Reds tomorrow – the teams met earlier this season at Montpetit Hall with the Gee-Gees prevailing while Calgary looks to salvage one win when Dinos meet Laval.
Tonight’s nightcap has Laval facing UNB.