Their three-point game back to what observers have grown to expect, uOttawa Gee-Gees jumped out to a double digit first half lead, held leads of 20 or more for much of the second half in defeating the scrappy UNB Varsity Reds 105-96. The score is a bit misleading as Ottawa led by 20 with just over 2 minutes remaining in the fourth as 5 Gee-Gees hit double figures.
After forging the early 10+ point lead, Gee-Gees substituted liberally as all twelve players who dressed saw time and 10 different guys scored, led by 6’1″ guard Mike L’Africain who had 18 points and 8 assists. 6’3″ Caleb Agada finished 3 for 6 from downtown, adding 17 points and 8 boards as Ottawa shot 17 for 41 (42%) from the three for the game. A pair of valued substitutes – both of who struggled in the first two games of the tournament – shone today as 6’2″ guard Medhi Tihani went a perfect 3 for 3 from downtown to finish with 15 points while forward Matt Plunkett added 14 points. uOttawa’s center duo of Nathan McCarthy, who battled foul trouble and Brody Maracle (13 points on 6-7 shooting) combined for 19 points.
One of the better young shooters/players in the AUS, 6’3″ Jesse Kendall, was a difficult check all afternoon, finishing with a game-high 27 points while Javon Masters had a quiet 25 on 9 of 13 shooting. Matt Daley added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists as both teams finished at 2-1 for the tournament.
While the Gee-Gees allowed UNB to shoot 53% from the floor, Ottawa did dominate the glass, allowing just 4 offensive rebounds.
The final game of the Laval tournament is on as we speak with Calgary and the host Rouge et Or facing off.