Ottawa (5-1) 74, Concordia (5-4) 68… 6’3″ Caleb Agada had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and keyed the game-deciding 17-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters as the Gee-Gees moved to 2-0 in the Donohue with a solid second-half pull-away win over a stingy, never-quit Stingers side. With the score tied at 50, the Gee-Gees scored the final 6 points of the third, buoyed by the strong defensive work of Agada on the perimeter – he added 6 steals -plus strong defensive rebounding that limited the normally active Stinger “o” board work to just 11 for the game. Ottawa forced 23 Concordia turnovers and held Stingers to just 11-34 shooting after halftime. Gee-Gees are a different team with 6’2″ Adam Presutti on the floor – he sat down early in the first half with 2 fouls, reappearing briefly late in the second quarter but it was not until Presutti (15 points including 3-4 3’s and 4 assists) and Agada got going that Ottawa was able to pull away. Ottawa led by as many as 16 but could never put the final nail in the resilient Stinger coffin as 6’7″ Olivier Simon had all of his 8 points after halftime and 6’1″ Nicky Noble, who was held without a field goal until the fourth quarter knocked down a pair of 3’s to get Stingers back to double digits but the game was rarely in doubt after the big run, led by a pair of Oakville Loyola boys: Caleb Agada and Adam Presutti. Ten different Stingers scored led by 6’5″ T.J. Umar who had all 11 of his in the first half. Concordia gets Waterloo tomorrow at 2 PM ET followed by another potential classic in #7 Gee-Gees and #8 McGill Redmen at 4 PM ET.
Waterloo (2-2) 96, Bishop’s (2-5) 92 in Overtime… Warriors had a character win that is sure to accelerate their maturation, coming back from a 20 point first-half deficit to force the extra frame and getting key plays down the stretch from their freshman to defeat an injury-riddled Gaiters group who tonight played without reigning RSEQ Rookie-of-the-Year Abdul Kamane who had his ankle propped up and wrapped after injuring it last night. In a game that had 48 fouls and 67 free throws, Waterloo stormed back and took the lead at 80-79 after 6’1″ freshman Simon Petrov coolly knocked down a pair of free throws with just 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Gaiters came out of timeout and got the ball in to 6’0″ guard Jona Bermillo who attacked the rim and was fouled, but made just 1-2 freebees, sending the game to OT. 6’5″ Nedim Hodzic then sliced his way to the rim and fellow freshman 6’4″ Justin Hardy swished a clutch 3 from the right wing and later drove and fed Hodzic for a lay-in allowing Warriors to pull away and grab the important win for Coach Justin Gunter and team. 6’5″ David Belanger was an immovable force inside for Bishop’s with 24 points on 11-13 shooting – he gave the Gaiters a late lead but later fouled out on a questionable call. Earlier fellow 6’5″ forward Nick Harvey fouled out with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bermillo led the way with 23 and 8 rebounds while 6’1″ freshman guard Joany Thadal added 14, making 3 3’s in the first half to help Bishop’s build their lead. 6’1″ Jon Ravenhorst and fellow 5th year senior 6’6″ Mike Pereira each had 22 for Waterloo, while Hodzic finished with 18 and 7 and Hardy, with another stellar stat-sheet stuffing game scoring 12 points, adding 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Bishop’s, which get U of T Varsity Blues tomorrow afternoon, turned it over 25 times. Waterloo faces Concordia as the three-day, six-team, nine-game event draws to a close. Thus far, the conference standings are RSEQ 3, OUA 3.