Men’s Basketball News

The Gee-Gees completed the first upset of the 2024 GreenShield U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Final 8, presented by Michelob Ultra, defeating the third-seeded UQAM Citadins 78-71 in the first quarterfinal match of the event Friday afternoon at the Laval University PEPS in Quebec City.

One of the wildcard teams invited at this year’s national tournament, the Gee-Gees had an 11-0 run in the third quarter to upend the Montreal-based team in the opening match. The Gee-Gees took only a few minutes to run away from a 48-48 tie in the final moment of the third quarter, to a comfortable 59-48 lead at the beginning of the fourth.

Second-team All-Canadian Brock Newton was once again a key performer for the Gee-Gees with 23 points in 38 minutes of play. Dragan Stajic did well also for Ottawa with 15 points and four steals.

Led by a 24-point performance by Bahaide Haidara, the Citadins tried to come back late in the game, cutting down the Ottawans’ lead to six points, but it was too little, too late. Even if they are used to play at the Laval University PEPS, the RSEQ champions appeared a bit lost in first few minutes, letting the Gee-Gees go on an 8-0 opening run. 

Ottawa will now face the winner of the quarterfinal duel opposing the Queen’s Gaels (second seed and SUO champions) and the Winnipeg Wesmen (seventh seed and Canada West finalists).