After sitting out for a full year, 6’2″ Adam Presutti‘s debut as an Ottawa Gee-Gee was memorable as the Oakville native and McMaster transfer finished 5 for 8 from downtown, part of a 14 for 29 collective effort by Ottawa beyond the stripe in a convincing 89-56 win over Bishop’s as the first day of the Jack Donohue Memorial tournament in Ottawa continued. Presutti led all scorers with 17 points, adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists in just 24 minutes in a solid effort. The Gee-Gees stifled Bishop’s back court, holding Gaiters to just 18 first-half points in what was an easy win. 6’6″ Matt Plunkett, always an able defender and in past seasons a spark-plug coming off the bench for Ottawa, continues to adjust to his starting role and, more importantly, how the Gee-Gees will play offensively. With the addition of Presutti, Plunkett now has a veteran guard to play off that complements their formidable inside game featuring 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles and 6’7″ Brody Maracle. Plunkett had his best shooting effort of the pre-season going 4-6 from 3 and finishing with 14 points. Pierre Charles and Maracle combined to go 6-10 from the field and 6’3″ Caleb Agada had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in just 21 minutes as Ottawa emptied their bench early. Bishop’s got three 3’s and 11 points from 6’1″ freshman Joany Castor Thadal and played without 6’11” Jonah Fogg. Gaiters also await the debut of their touted 6’1″ guard Kevin Davis, a native of Baltimore who has a knee injury and is projected to be out of the lineup until Christmas.
Expect Presutti and the Gee-Gees to be more severely tested this evening in what is likely the most interesting CIS pre-season game of the day when Concordia Stingers and their guard depth meet Ottawa. Bishop’s meets Waterloo at 6 PM ET in the game that will precede the feature matchup as the second day of the three day event continues at Montpetit Hall.