After losing all three games at the University of British Columbia Tournament last weekend, the Concordia Stingers men’s basketball team fell to the Ottawa Gee-Gees 101-76 last Friday night, despite a great performance by forward Mukiya Post.
Post had 25 points in the game, which included three three-pointers. After back and forth rebounding by both teams after the Stingers won the tip-off, Post got the game’s first points with his a three-point shot.
However, the Gee-Gees’ responded with two huge one-handed slam dunks by guard Caleb Agada. After the slam dunks by the Gee-Gees, the team decided to shoot a couple of three-pointers, which the Stingers could not defend. The score was 35-20 for the Gee-Gees after one quarter.
The Gee-Gee’s scored the first points of the second quarter with another slam dunk by Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue, who was also fouled on the play. The Gee-Gees got two three-pointers by point guard Michael L’Africain. After the Stingers got four points, the Gee-Gees responded with another three-point ball by guard Mohammed Ismail.
Post, who was shut down in most of the second quarter, got another three-pointer to get the Stingers their last points before the half. The Gee-Gees centre Matt Nelson got his only points in the game with a basket that ended the first half. The score at half-time was 56-42 for the Gee-Gees.
The second half started with a Gee-Gees three-pointer by L’Africain. Forward Michael Fosu got the first Stingers point of the half with a three point play (a basket plus the foul shot).
However, the Gee-Gees went on three three-point runs as L’Africain and Johnny Berhanemeskel got baskets. There was some excitement for Stingers fans for a minute whenZander Jean hit a three-pointer to end the quarter. The score after the third quarter was 84-59 for Ottawa.
The Stingers got the first basket thanks to a free-throw attempt by Zach Brisebois, who ended up with 4-6 on foul shots by 10 rebounds. The Gee-Gees responded with a couple of baskets by forward Vikas Gill and L’Africain.
Brisebois’ successful hook shot gave the Stingers another two points. The Gees-Gees then scored again with a couple of three pointers by Gill and forward Matt Plunkett. Post made a great play as he scored a basket backwards.
The game ended with the Gee-Gees just passing around the ball to kill the clock. The final score was 101-76.
“We lacked discipline especially on defence…gave them too many open looks,” said Stingers head coach John Dore.
Dore complimented the Gee-Gees’ play saying, “they’re [a] highly skilled and athletic team.”
Ottawa was 50.7 per cent in Field Goal (FG) percentage compared to the Stingers, who had an FG per cent of 32.9. Ottawa also had 43.6 per cent in three-point shots on their 16 three pointers compared to the Stingers 30 per cent. The only thing Concordia won was foul shooting in which they had 72.2 per cent compared to 58.8 per cent for Ottawa. The two best players on the court were Agada and Post. Agada had 10 rebounds in the win. Post had 25 points.