Coyotes de La Cité (10-0)
This word appropriately describes La Cité’s ascent to the top of the east region.
The Coyotes are the first OCAA team to reach double digit victories as they eye a perfect season. La Cité has already won seven more games than all of last season, with 10 games remaining on the schedule.
La Cité has a pair of players in the OCAA’s top seven in scoring, more than any other team. First-year forward Hess Mayele (Montreal) and second-year teammate Daniel Gracia (Ottawa) are averaging 19.0 and 18.5 points per game, respectively. Meanwhile first-year forward Andre-Nicolas Ntivumbura (Burundi) is the top rebounder in the east region averaging over a dozen boards per game.
With a four-game advantage for a bye directly into the OCAA championship, the Coyotes are sitting pretty in the east region.
Algonquin Thunder (7-3)
Ottawa is the capital of OCAA men’s basketball, at least in the east region as La Cité’s crosstown rival Algonquin is alone in second place at the December break.
The Thunder had an un-Algonquin like season last year when they failed to make the playoffs. Algonquin went to the OCAA gold medal game in 2014.
Third-year forward Murphy Beya (Ottawa) leads all Thunder averaging 14.3 points per game.
The Thunder lost 61-49 to La Cité in its regular season opener. Algonquin’s anticipated rematch against the Coyotes takes place Feb. 17.