Notwithstanding a back injury to shooting guard Donnie Gibson, it sounds like everything came up Gee-Gees today: The U of O took down another ranked team, edging No. 6 Saint Mary's 82-81 at the Rod Shoveller tournament in Halifax.
The Gee-Gees being unranked heading into the holidays despite being 11-3 (7-1 OUA) almost made Dave DeAveiro's team a cause célèbre within the small world of CIS basketball. Whatever the reason, they've been left out. So it was sweet to see them pull off a win over the hometown Huskies, although, granted, Saint Mary's was a missing a key guy. (As always, cishoops.ca is the go-to guy for a full accounting of events; apparently freshman Jacob Gibson-Bascombe hit a couple big threes late in the game.)
Along with the win, the Gee-Gees likely got a lift in the RPI (it's good for bragging rights) from the Brock Badgers knocking off No. 5 Brandon at the MTS Classic in Winnipeg. Brock's given the Gee-Gees fits, dealing them their only OUA loss and losing 79-78 at Ottawa's tip-off tournament (Gibson hit a last-second game-winning three). Brock beating Brandon helps the Gee-Gees with their strength of schedule ranking, which in turn might help them gain more respect.
The U of O has a tough semi-final matchup tomorrow vs. No. 3 Concordia. Gibson might have been the guy to match up with 6-foot-3 Stingers guard Dwayne Buckley).
As for Queen's, the Gaels lost by two to Western today at the Ed DeArmon tournament in Toronto. Considering it's the first game back from the holidays, you take all the results with a grain of salt.
(This seems as good as time as any to bring readers up to speed on what might happen with posting on some niche sports -- i.e., the CIS and the Kingston Frontenacs -- when Out of Left Field is re-purposed. It shouldn't go away entirely -- writing about the Gaels did bring in a lot of traffic during the football season -- but it might be shuffled over to The CIS Blog.)