|CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE|
|Pts: Matt Forbes – 18||Pts: Terry Thomas – 24|
|Reb: Matt Forbes – 10||Reb: Terry Thomas – 9|
|Ast: Stephon Lamar – 9||Ast: 2 Players (#08, #11 – 7)|
|Field Goal %||38.2% (26-68)||50.0% (38-76)|
|Pts off Turnovers||14||13|
|2nd Chance Pts||13||14|
|Pts in the Paint||28||40|
Courtesy of host organizing committee / Photo creditValerie Wutti
OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees lived upto the hype of being the number one seed defeating the No. 8University of Saskatchewan Huskies 94-73 in the last quarter-finalof the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS men’s basketballchampionship Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The OUA champion Gee-Gees’ flashy offence – the topranked in the country this season – was on full display right atthe start of the game with a quick three-pointer from fourth-yearguard Johnny Berhanemeskel followed by an alley-oop by TerryThomas.
The Huskies responded with back-to-back baskets from beyond thearc from fourth-year forward Dadrian Collins.
The underdog Huskies, who were voted into the Final 8’swildcard spot, kept pace with the Gee-Gees in a fast-paced, backand forth opening quarter. A late three-pointer from Huskies AndrewHenry saw the crowd favourites lead 26-22 at the break.
The fast action continued into the second stanza, the Gee-Geeswere able to establish a 10-point lead capped off by a hugetwo-handed dunk from Thomas. However, the Huskies could not becounted out and they clawed their way back and only trailed bythree heading into the half.
Second-team all-Canadian Stephon Lamar, who finished with 15points and led the Huskies with nine assists, almost tied the gameup with a buzzer beater, but the ball rolled around the rim and outsending Ottawa to the dressing room with a 43-40 lead.
The third frame opened in the same fashion, with the Huskiesable to tie the game up, and even take a short-lived lead at 51-50.It did not last however as a pair of big three-pointers by Thomas,who had a game-high 24 points, led to an 11-0 Ottawa run.
“Obviously I would’ve liked to pull away earlier inthe game, but I didn’t think we were particularly sharp earlyon,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin.
The Huskies battled back, but the locals took a 67-59 advantageinto the final quarter.
In the fourth, the Gee-Gees proved to be too much to handle asthey opened the stanza with an 8-0 run and never looked back. Theyexploded for 27 points in the frame en route to victory.
“From the start our game plan was to push thetempo,” said Thomas, who also led the Gee-Gees with ninerebounds was named his team’s player of the game. “Wewere just trying to outwork them. In the end, we just buckled downto get the victory.”
It was certainly a battle from downtown as the Gee-Gees knockeddown 14 of 33 three-pointers and the Huskies sank 10 of 28 frombeyond the arc.
Third-year forward Matt Forbes led the Huskies with 18 pointsand 10 rebounds en route to being named his team’s MVP.
The Gee-Gees advance to face No. 4 Victoria in what will be abattle of the top defence versus top offence in CIS at 8 p.m.Saturday, live on Sportsnet 360. Third-seeded Alberta faces No. 2and defending champion Carleton in the 6 p.m. semi, also on SN360.
“It’s more just a game I’m glad we got overwith. We’ll need to be better against Victoria,”Derouin said.
The Huskies play at 2:30 p.m. in a consolation game against theMcGill Redmen.
SSK: 22-18-19-14: 73
OTT: 26-17-24-27: 94
Points: Terry Thomas (24), Johnny Berhanemeskel (20), GabrielGonthier-Dubue (11)
Rebounds: Terry Thomas (9), Caleb Agada (8)
Assists: Johnny Berhanemeskel (7), Mike L’Africain (7)
Player of the game: Terry Thomas
Points: Matt Forbes (18), Stephon Lamar (15), Andrew Henry (14)
Rebounds: Matt Forbes (10), Stephon Lamar (7)
Assists: Stephon lamar (9)
Player of the game: Matt Forbes
CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE (all times EASTERN TIME)
Friday, March 7
12:30 Quarter-final 1: Alberta 72, Saint Mary’s 62
14:30 Quarter-final 2: Carleton 82, McMaster 64
17:30 Quarter-final 3: Victoria 63, McGill 54
20:00 Quarter-final 4: Ottawa 94, Saskatchewan 73
Saturday, March 8
12:30 Consolation 1: No. 6 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 7 McMaster(www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:30 Consolation 2: No. 5 McGill vs. No. 8 Saskatchewan (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:00 Semifinal 1: No. 3 Alberta vs. No. 2 Carleton (Sportsnet 360/ www.CIS-SIC.tv *)
20:00 Semifinal 2: No. 4 Victoria vs. No. 1 Ottawa (Sportsnet 360 /www.CIS-SIC.tv *)
* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final)will be on pay-per-view basis.
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