uOttawa’s younger, inexperienced back court was exploited last night as the Sam Houston State defeated the Gee-Gees 92-76 in Costa Rica as Head Coach James Derouin’s troops kicked off their tour of the beautiful Central American country. The Bearkats pressured Gee-Gees ball handlers into numerous turnovers, turning to easy transition scores as 6’0″ second year pg Calvin Epistola (Toronto Oakwood) made his first-ever start at uOttawa, one of 4 new Gee-Gees starters this season. uOttawa played without prized transfer 6’2″ Adam Presutti who will become eligible on 20th October after transferring from McMaster. Stats for last night’s game were not officially kept so no specific numbers are available. The teams will meet again Monday morning in uOttawa’s second game of the tour. In addition to Epistola, the Gee-Gees started all-Canadian wing Caleb Agada, last season’s super-sub 6’6″ Matt Plunkett at the 3 and then the promising front court of 6’8″ Jean-Pierre Charles and 6’7″ Brody Maracle with 6’4″ Brandon Robinson coming off the bench. Ottawa also expects to receive growing contributions from rising 6’5″ third year wing MacKenzie Morrison plus prized freshman 6’5″ Gage Sabean (Horton (N.S.) H.S.).
Meanwhile, the Brock Badgers are set to arrive in Costa Rica to prepare for this coming Thursday’s matchup with Liberty Flames. The Gee-Gees get Liberty this coming Tuesday after tomorrow morning’s rematch with Sam Houston State.