For his or her teammates, the five-game exhibition tour in Canada is just preparation for the upcoming season.
Nonetheless, Ethan Butler, of Toronto, and Keeshawn Barthelemy and Quincy Guerrier, each from Montreal, have revelled within the alternative to indicate off their abilities on residence soil.
“With the ability to play in entrance of our household and pals, it is a blessing,” Guerrier informed CBC Sports activities. “I am grateful to indicate my expertise with my faculty workforce to my metropolis.”
Butler, Barthelemy, and Guerrier have loved a homecoming of types as their College of Oregon males’s basketball squad completes a pre-season journey north of the border.
For Barthelemy, placing on the Geese jersey for the primary time in opposition to McGill was a dream begin to his taking part in profession at Oregon.
“I have not performed a collegiate recreation in Canada earlier than, however Sunday’s recreation undoubtedly felt like a homecoming for me. I am from Montreal, born and raised. It was nice to play in entrance of that crowd,” Barthelemy mentioned.
The 6-foot-2 junior guard posted 14 factors within the contest. All three Canadians bought on the board with Guerrier, a 6-foot-8 senior ahead, placing up 11 factors, and Butler, a 6-foot-6 sophomore ahead, claiming his first factors as a Duck with six.
They obtained a heat welcome from followers packed into the Love Competitors Corridor in Montreal. Among the many a whole bunch of followers was Toronto Raptor and Geese alum, Chris Boucher.
“The fitness center was packed. Figuring out these three younger males had been within the metropolis, it was nice for Montreal to see a few of their homegrown expertise within the constructing and competing,” mentioned Ryan Thorne, head coach of McGill.
“It introduced out lots of people.”
Sadly the Redbirds had been no match for the extra skilled and bigger Geese. McGill struggled beneath the basket as Oregon dominated the glass with a 42-25 benefit in rebounds. Three-point taking pictures additionally proved to be a decisive issue within the consequence. Oregon sank 11-of-27 from three-point vary, a distance from which McGill solely transformed four-of-24 baskets.
Thorne was essential of his workforce’s efficiency. Statistics and abilities apart, Thorne hopes this exhibition match confirmed his workforce the significance of competing for the complete 40 minutes — regardless of who the opposition is.
“Total I believe the large takeaway for me is that we gotta compete regardless of who’s on the ground,” Thorne famous. “We did not do sufficient of that — the grind, the compete, the battle — in opposition to a extra proficient — somewhat extra seasoned workforce.”
Regardless of the Geese’ victory, the Gee-Gees had been superior in all three main taking pictures statistical classes. It was additionally Ottawa’s push within the second half that just about stole the win from Oregon. The Gee-Gees outscored the Geese 23-20 within the third quarter and 16-14 within the fourth.
The Carleton Ravens then performed host to Oregon on Tuesday night time as the present U Sports activities champions could not deal with the Geese’ swift passing and sharp taking pictures in a 92-64 defeat.
In entrance of a sold-out crowd on the Ravens Nest in Ottawa, Oregon had a 30-point lead heading into the fourth quarter because the Geese improved to 3-0 on their Canadian tour.
‘I do know they will play basketball’
“I used to be being extremely recruited by D-1 faculties within the States. I knew that I used to be not about to go to a Canadian college. It was by no means actually on my radar,” Guerrier mentioned. “However I’ve loads of respect for a number of the groups. Like [in Monday’s game] we simply gained by two.
“I do know they will play basketball.”
Thorne believes extra athletes from Canada are contemplating U Sports activities as a viable possibility for his or her collegiate careers.
“I believe there are some student-athletes which can be weighing the choice and understanding that ‘you realize what. I can get a fantastic schooling in Canada. My pursuits is probably not totally to be a professional athlete and that I can profit by taking part in nice basketball in Canada at a U Sports activities college and obtain a fantastic schooling’,” Thorne mentioned.
“I believe they’re weighing these choices much more.”
Oregon will full their U Sports activities tour in Toronto in opposition to McMaster on Thursday and Toronto Metropolitan College on Friday.
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