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Gaels beat Gee-Gees for first time in nearly a decade

Jaz Bains puts up a shot in men's basketball
Jaz Bains of the Queen's Gaels men's basketball team puts up a jump shot. The Gaels beat the Ottawa Gee-Gees 84-66 on Saturday. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

A quick roundup of Gaels teams and athletes in competition over the weekend:

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen's Gaels (9-5) upset the No. 7 Ottawa Gee-Gees (11-3) in an electrifying 84-66 victory at the  ARC. The win is the first for the Gaels in 17 meetings with the Gee-Gees dating back to Feb. 8, 2008.

The Gaels took over in the second half after Ottawa had a 40-35 lead at the break. The first five minutes of the second half saw the Gaels go on a 17-4 run while dominating the boards.

Mike Shoveller finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds , three blocks and four assists for a big night while Jaz Bains added 17 points five assists.

On Friday, the Gaels fell 97-68 to the No.1 Carleton Ravens (13-0) at the ARC.

The Ravens opened with a 9-0 run but the Gaels battled back for a 20-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.

However, the Ravens are the top team in the country for a reason and regained control of the game. Shoveller led the scoring for the Gaels with 13 points and Bains had 10 points.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The No. 7 Gaels (11-3) were upset 61-53 by the Ottawa Gee-Gees (9-5) on Sunday to cap off a tough weekend.

The Gee-Gees went on a 13-0 run in the first quarter to take control of the game and closed out the first half up 35-21. The Gaels would stay within reach but could never fully close the gap in the second half.

Andrea Priamo had 12 points and Abby Dixon had 11.

On Friday, the Gaels tumbled 49-39 against the No. 4 Carleton Ravens (12-0) 49-39 in a low scoring defensive affair that was a rematch of last year's OUA Critelli Cup and U SPORTS bronze medal games.

The Gaels got off to a slow start and trailed 16-4 after the first quarter. They closed the gap to 24-17 at the half but the stingy Carleton defence held on for the win.

Marianne Alarie scored 11 points and Veronika Lavergne and Emma Ritcey each finished with eight points.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The Queen's Gaels (11-6-3) dropped a 4-2 decision to the No. 8 Concordia Stingers (14-3-3) in Montreal on Saturday.

Concordia took the early lead with a pair of goals in the first before Alex Row responded for the Gaels to cut the lead to 2-1. Eric Ming then tied it up in the second period with his fourth of the season but Concordia would net the winner in the third period and add an empty-netter. Kevin Bailie made 32 saves for the Gaels.

On Friday the Gaels were blanked 3-0 by the No.  5 McGill Redmen. The Redmen outshot the Gaels 45-18 with Bailie keeping it close for much of the game. McGill would score twice in the second and add another in the third.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (9-3-1-3) dropped a tough 4-3 overtime decision to the Ryerson Rams (4-5-4-2) on Saturday.

Amber Healey opened the scoring for the Gaels with a power-play marker in the first period, and then Katrina Manoukarakis added a second to put Queen’s up 2-1 before the first intermission. Hailey Wilson put the Gaels up 3-1 in the second period but the Rams would respond with goals in the second and third period before netting the winner in overtime. Mackenzy Arsenault made 29 saves for the Gaels.

On Friday, the Gaels dominated the Brock Badgers (7-4-3-2) for a 3-0 win. Stephanie Pascal made 24 saves for the shutout while Manoukarakis, Jessica Wakefield and Addi Halladay scored for the Gaels.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels (7-3) were victorious Sunday, sweeping the Nipissing Lakers (6-3) 25-14, 25-21 and 25-23.

The Gaels controlled the match with Shannon Neville leading the attack with 16 kills and an ace while Sierra Hardy finished with 29 assists.

On Saturday the Gaels lost a tough five-setter to the York Lions (6-2) 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 22-25 and 12-15.

After winning a pair of close sets, the Lions roared back to claim the win on home court. Julia Wiercigroch led with 17 kills, one ace and four blocks.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (4-5) were defeated by the Nipissing Lakers (5-4) in four sets 20-25, 25-18, 20-25 and 24-26.

In a tight matchup the Lakers were able to find an edge in the final two sets for the win.  Markus Trence finished with 16 kills and a block while Thomas Ellison had 35 assists.

On Saturday, the Gaels fell in five sets to a strong York Lions (7-1) team 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 23-25, and 7-15. After the Gaels went up two sets to one the Lions were able to tie it up and claim the final set easily.

Jack Peckham had a strong game with 10 kills and seven blocks while Trence added 10 kills of his own.