A quick look at the 2008 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) men’s basketball East Division first round playoff match-ups.
Ottawa vs Ryerson- #3 East vs #6 East
The Ryerson Rams (7-15) are set to travel down to Ottawa to take on the Gee-Gees (16-6) in the opening round of the OUA men’s basketball East Division playoffs.
The two-game regular season series saw the Gee-Gees take both games from the Rams, 75-64 and 89-81. The Gee-Gees come into the playoffs after a heart breaking loss to the Carleton Ravens, 75-73, to end the regular season.
Ottawa will look to third-year Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto) to the lead the Gee-Gees to victory. Gibson-Bascombe finished tops in team scoring and seventh in the OUA with a per game points average of 18.16 while contributing with 92 rebounds and 34 steals. The Gee-Gees are a strong rebounding team sitting second in the OUA averaging 37.36 rebounds per game, and will make it tough for the Rams around the boards.
The Ryerson Rams have a dominant offensive threat of their own in 2006-07 OUA Rookie of the Year, Boris Bakovic (Toronto) who finished the regular season leading the OUA with a 23.91 points per game average, while pulling down 188 rebounds, 37 steals and 16 blocks. Fourth-year guard Brandon Krupa (St. Catharines) will also be looked upon as an offensive threat for the Rams as they look to upset Ottawa on Thursday (Feb. 21).
Queen’s vs York- #4 East vs #5 East
In a rematch of last years playoff round, the York Lions (7-15) will head up the 401 to challenge the Queen’s Golden Gaels (14-8) in Kingston. The last time they met in the playoffs, the Lions won 95-73 on home court.
These are two very different teams from just a year ago, as the Queen’s Golden Gales have taken the home-and-home series 2-0 from the Lions this year, 74-67 and 78-56. The Golden Gaels will be led by second-year Mitch Leger (Kingston) who has averaged 17.45 points per game. The six-foot-six arts and science student has been a young leader on his Golden Gales squad contributing 384 points on the year. Simon Mitchell (Navan, ON) has also been an offensive threat for the Gaels with a 12.2 points per game average.
York will counter with fourth year Tut Ruach (Toronto) who finished the regular season sixth in the OUA averaging 18.8 points per game. Queen’s will also have to contend with the rebounding efforts of second-year, 6-10 forward Stefan Haynes (North York) who brought down 137 rebounds on the year for the Lions. Tip-off is set for Wednesday (Feb. 20) at 8 p.m. at the Bartlett Gym in Kingston.