Thursday, February 07, 2008


Notes on our players and teams of interest in The 613:


It's a safe bet should have more in the morning on the Gee-Gees' injury situation going into tonight's home game vs. Queen's. The school announced late Thursday that lead guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe, who's averaging 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists, is out indefinitely with a partial tear of his right MCL ligament and A sprained ankle suffered last weekend. There's no timeline for his return, so at this point one can't help but speculate if he would even make it back for the playoffs, which begin in just 12 days.

The vision of Ottawa trying to keep York's Tut Ruach in check in that first-round game on Feb. 20 without Gibson-Bascombe is a little frightening. Gibson-Bascombe's brother, Jacob Gibson-Bascombe has run some point this year and he's going to be good, but he's just a true freshman and he's had some injury woes.


Queen's beat RMC 4-2 on Wednesday, which likely means a first-round showdown against Ottawa (who'll have home ice) unless Toronto totally geeks it in their two remaining games, including their finale against Ryerson on Saturday night. The Gaels have the tie-breaker over Carleton since they won both meetings.

Concordia has the tiebreaker over Carleton and Toronto by virtue of winning the season series against both team. The Stingers play Trois-Rivieres tomorrow in a nothing game for the Patriots, then have Sunday's finale vs. the Gee-Gees.
  1. d-Trois-Rivieres: 41, 2
  2. d-Queen's: 29, 0
  3. McGill: 35, 2
  4. Ottawa: 28, 2
  5. Toronto: 27, 2
  6. Carleton: 25, 2
  7. Concordia: 23, 2
    (d-division leader)
Did you know... that Gaels forward Billy Burke's mom, Denise Burke, is the only female team president in Canadian major junior hockey?


Andrew Bucholtz said...

I think the Gaels' hoops side should be able to knock off the Gee-Gees without Gibson-Bascombe: it should still be pretty close, but his loss might make enough of a difference. Also, Ruach is very impressive: I was at the game where he lit up Queen's for 29 points and was pretty much York's only threat offensively. He'd be tough to stop no matter who was in the lineup: the rest of York's squad didn't impress me much though.

sager said...

Whoever has to check Ruach usually gets windburn by the third quarter. Did you see him Ruach last season when that team had Jordan Foebel in the post, Dan Eves as a Tom Chambers-style four-man who could shoot and Rohan Steen (now at Brock) as a swingman?

Andrew Bucholtz said...

Yeah, last year's York team was definitely impressive: they split the season series with Queen's and then knocked the Gaels out in the playoffs. Ruach doesn't seem to have too much of a supporting cast this year, but given history and how close last week's game wound up being, I'm not sure I'd want to face them in a first-round playoff game.

Andrew Bucholtz said...

And Ruach promptly explodes for a season-high 32 in York's upset of Toronto... maybe he read your post and decided he needed to prove you right! Ottawa can't be too thrilled about a potential date with York now...

sager said...

Well, York should probably be able to get fifth and play, wait for it, Queen's now ... they still play Ryerson and Laurentian and can get to eight wins. They're also likely to have a tie-breaker over Ryerson, since they won the first game by 19.

Ryerson's got the game with the Lions and then two against Toronto.