- Gaels: Bookmark these for posterity ... Queen's coach Rob Smart summed up Saturday's OUA East semi-final against Carleton by telling The Whig, "If we were in Vegas, I'd say we'd be looking at about 1,000 to one." Mitch Leger, who put up a game-high 20 points in the Gaels' first-round romp over York, also had a gem: "We have so many rookies that haven't had four years of not beating Carleton."
Stranger things have happened. But that Carleton crew seems bent on never having a loss to Queen's on their conscience.
- Gee-Gees: Ottawa's Mr. Everything, Josh Gibson-Bascombe, had a noticeable limp in his return from a three-game absence with an injured knee, not that it mattered much vs. Ryerson. Toronto can really put a backcourt man through the ringer, but at least JGB gets an extra day of R-and-R. Toronto has scheduled the other OUA East semi for Sunday afternoon -- to draw more students returning from Reading Week? -- instead of Saturday night. It gives JGB one more sleep before having to play again on that knee.
Even with the knee heavily bandaged, Gibson-Bascombe provided a somewhat humourous late in the third quarter, a couple minutes after the game had turned into a blowout. Off a Ryerson turnover in the backcourt, Gibson-Bascombe, who's about 6-foot-3½, had an uncontested basket. He went up like he was going to dunk the ball and you could just hear the Gee-Gees' bench holding their collective breath, worrying about him aggravating the injury. He got up high enough to dunk and then gently laid the ball in. On the sideline, coach Dave DeAveiro couldn't help but smile.
- Ravens: That's a hell of a feat for a Carleton's women's team to have a one-possession game (64-61) in the playoffs in Toronto's gym. In a year or two, they'll start winning those games.
- Gee-Gees: Gut instinct says the U of O men might have just enough to win on Friday and take their series back to Trois-Rivieres for Game 3. Their power play, which had six goals vs. Toronto, was just 1-for-7. Still, they made a game with it, with Yanick Charron cutting the lead to one inside of the two-minute mark before a penalty with 41 seconds left sealed the game.
- Gaels: It was 6-1 in Game 1 of Queen's series vs. McGill. No need to ask who scored the six. The CFRC Sports gang might have more to say later on today.