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PREVIEW: MBASK aim to snuff the beasts
Hawks open up home court with marquee matchups against national powers Ottawa and Carleton

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Posted by Mac Turchan

Game Dates and Times: Friday, November 10 – 8:00 p.m. (vs. Ottawa) and Saturday, November 11 – 8:00 p.m. (vs. Carleton)
Game Locations: Laurier Athletic Complex, Waterloo (Ottawa & Carleton)
Live Webcast/Radio Coverage: OUA.tv (Ottawa & Carleton)
Tickets: vs. Ottawa, vs. Carleton (Ottawa & Carleton)

TRIAL BY FIRE
The Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team continues their stretch of four out of five games against U SPORTS Top 10 teams this weekend in their first two home games of the regular season. The No. 9 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees (2-0) visit the Athletic Complex Friday evening, with No. 1 ranked and seven-time defending national champion Carleton Ravens (2-0) due up the following night.

Hawks Head Coach Justin Serresse believes that there aren’t really any secrets to pulling off an upset against a top-ranked opponent, it all comes down to the team executing and playing to their strengths. While the schedule has certainly provided a challenge to start the season, Serresse says it’s a great opportunity for a youthful squad to learn on the fly against top-quality teams that will expose the Hawks’ flaws. The coach thinks that being able to go through that process early in the year will pay dividends throughout the rest of the season.

The Hawks are ready for the challenge and Serresse is sure that the purple and gold will rise to the occasion, which will make for some very high-quality basketball this weekend.

TIP-IN’S
-    The Hawks rank in the top five in rebounding in the OUA, it will be key to control the defensive glass and limit second-chance opportunities for a couple of high-powered opponents
-    Friday marks the beginning of a four-game homestand against opponents strictly from the East, York and Queen’s will be in town next weekend
-    Carleton and Ottawa are two of four teams that remain unbeaten in the OUA, along with Brock (5-0) and Laurentian (2-0)

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1-2)

G Tevaun Kokko (Markham, Ont.)
-    Kokko looked sensational stepping back into the lineup, averaging 24.5 points on around 50 percent shooting, adding eight assists in Saturday’s contest against Laurentian
-    Serresse is looking for the talented second-year guard to continue to make better choices with his shot selection as well as utilize the weapons he has on the floor around him

No. 9 Ottawa Gee-Gees (2-0)

F Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles (Ottawa, Ont.)
-    The veteran big-man was a first-team OUA all-star last year and has picked right up where he left off, averaging 17.5 points a game on 70 percent shooting to go along with eight rebounds

No. 1 Carleton Ravens (2-0)

G Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, Ont.)
-    The third-year guard has taken on a more prominent role for the Ravens this season with the graduation of a few key pieces from last season
-    Leads the team in minutes played with 25 per game, averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 assists


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