MONTREAL — Johnny Berhanemeskel scored a game-high 23 points as the Ottawa Gee-Gees overwhelmed McGill 88-56 to capture the men’s division of the 20th annual Redbird Classic preseason basketball tournament at Love Competition Hall, Sunday. Ottawa swept all three games, including a 109-70 decision over Brock in Friday and a 106-88 win over StFX, Saturday.
McGill, whose lone victory was a 76-68 decision over Brock on Saturday, finished with a 1-2 record, ending up in a three-way tie for second place with the Badgers and StFX, but taking second on a point-differential tie-breaker.
The Redmen struggled offensively the entire night against Ottawa, shooting just 30 per cent from the field, including an 8-for-29 performance from beyond the arc. “We are still trying to find our identity,” said Redmen head coach David DeAveiro. “When battling through injuries, trying guys out at different positions and playing a team as good as Ottawa, you are going to have nights like this early in the season.”
Jeremie Casavant-Dubois, a freshmen from Longueuil, Que., led McGill in scoring with 14 points. He shot 5-for-11 from the floor, draining four from downtown. He also collected seven rebounds and four assists
Team captain Vincent Dufort, a senior from Smiths Falls, Ont., was the only other Redmen player to reach double figures. He tallied 11 points, shooting 3-for-10 from the field, including two treys and a 3-for-5 performance from the line. Sophomore Michael Peterkin added nine points and while rookie Noah Daoust potted seven.
Berhanemeskel was one of three Gee-Gee’s to reach double figures in scoring, He was joined by junior Caleb Agada (14) and senior Michael L’Africain (10).
Ottawa led 23-9 after the opening quarter and took a 46-19 lead into halftime. The Gee-Gee’s never faultered, outscoring McGill 42-37 in the second half, including a 23-21 margin in the third quarter.
“It is a process,” added DeAveiro. “We will look at the video and learn from it. We will be ready to compete come the season opener.”
The Redmen now find themselves 3-3 in preseason play and will head to the RBC Brock Classic in St. Catharines, Ont., Oct. 24-26, before opening RSEQ regular season play at home Nov.8 against Bishop’s.
2014 REDBIRD CLASSIC MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
SCHEDULE & RESULTS
FRIDAY OCTOBER 17, 2014
2 p.m. (W) Regina 67, Toronto 62
4 p.m. (M) Ottawa 109, Brock 70
6 p.m. (W) McGill Martlets 68, Lakehead 51
8 p.m. (M) StFX 77, McGill Redmen 73 (OT)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 18, 2014
1 p.m. (W) Lakehead 80, Toronto 62
3 p.m. (M) Ottawa 106, StFX 88
5 p.m. (W) McGill Martlets 73, Regina 41
7 p.m. (M) McGill Redmen 76, Brock 68
SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, 2014
10 a.m. (W) Regina 82, Lakehead 64
12 p.m. (M) Brock 85, StFX 76
2 p.m. (W) McGill Martlets 68, Toronto 59
4 p.m. (M) Ottawa 88, McGill Redmen 56
Men’s games in bold
|2014 McGILL REDBIRD CLASSIC FINAL MEN’S STANDINGS:|
|2. McGill||1||2||205||233||0.333||(McG was +4 vs StFX & Brock)|
|3. Brock||1||2||223||261||0.333||(Brock beat StFX)|
MEN’S ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Kevin Bercy, StFX
Johneil Simpson, Brock
Francois Bourque, McGill
Caleb Agata, Ottawa
Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa
Tournament MVP: Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa
Tournament Champions: Ottawa Gee-Gees
|2014 McGILL REDBIRD CLASSIC FINAL WOMEN’S STANDINGS:|
WOMEN’S ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Jill Stratton, Toronto
Alyssua Kajati, Regina
Jylisa Williams, Lakehead
Carolann Cloutier, McGill
Alex Kiss-Rusk, McGill
Mariam Sylla, McGill
Tournament MVP: Mariam Sylla, McGill
Tournament Champions: McGill Martlets