Gee-Gees lead from start to finish in easy student-day win at Western

Ottawa 91 , Western 55… Gee-Gees used various kinds of full and three-quarter court pressure augmented by suffocating ball pressure, creating several early turnovers against the young Mustangs backcourt to get out in transtion and lead from start to finish in a comfortable win at Alumni Hall in front of a student-oriented weekday affair.  uOttawa started a smaller line-up, adding 6’4″ Brandon Robinson for 6’7″ Brody Maracle and Gee-Gees saw instant dividends as, off a steal by 6’2″ Adam Presutti, Robinson threw a perfect ally-oop for 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles who hammered it home – one of two two-handed dunks in the half for Ottawa’s center, punctuating the early run.  Eight different Gee-Gees scored in the first quarter alone including a pair of 3’s by Presutti but Gee-Gees ability to defend the ball – even when switching every ball screen many times leaving their bigs to guard Western’s back-court – generally worked well, holding Mustangs to just 17 first-half points.  Ottawa started the second half on a 11-4 run to go up 30 early in the third, reigning 3’s (11-17 from downtown in the second half alone) while shooting 56% after the intermission.  All 12 Ottawa players who dressed hit the score sheet including 5’11” freshman Ryan Basso who hit a late 3 in the second quarter and then three more from downtown as Gee-Gees spread the minutes around in advance of their game tomorrow at Windsor.  The young Mustang guards regularly dribbled into help areas, leaving their feet to pass, helping to begin easy Ottawa transition opportunities – Western committed 20 turnovers including 13 in the first half with their promising young guard tandem of 6’0″ Omar Shiddo and 6’1″ Eriq Jenkins combining to shoot 7 of 22 (including 0-6 from 3) and turning it over a collective 9 times.  Western, which shot just 3 for 23 from downtown, welcomes #1 ranked Carleton tomorrow.


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