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The Highlight Reel: Jan. 24

Women’s hoops cage Lions

Despite a beat-up squad, the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team was able to turn out an impressive 69–47 home victory over the York Lions on Friday night. In their first game back after a stunning performance at Capital Hoops on Tuesday, the ladies were able to display the depth of their roster once again and move their record to 11–4 for the season.

The Gees lived up to their rank as the 10th best team in the country, led by an 18-point effort by point guard Julia Soriano and stellar play from some of the younger players on the team. The game plan seemed to be a mixture of staunch defence and outside shooting, with the Gees only allowing 14 of York’s 51 attempted shots while landing 11 three-pointers of their own, allowing the women to get the best of the unranked Lions.

The Gee-Gees will attempt to move their win streak to four games when they take on the Queen’s University Gaels Saturday night at 6 p.m. in Montpetit Hall.

Men’s basketball back on track with electrifying win

Dominance is the best word to describe the events of the Gee-Gees men’s basketball game Friday night. The second-ranked team in the country rebounded from a disappointing performance against Carleton at Capital Hoops by stomping the men’s Lions with a 117–88 score.

The men put on a show for the home crowd by scoring 19 threes, demonstrating their elite shooting ability from behind the arc. The Gees came out shooting an impressive 60 per cent in the first half and never looked back. Star guard Johnny Berhanemeskel got back into his groove, dropping a team-high 22 points in the night. Breakout forward Terry Thomas showcased his touch as well by sinking five threes and finishing with a total of 17 points in the match.

Thomas provided a game-altering slam early in the second half, bringing the garnet and grey to their feet and diminishing the Lions’ hopes of a comeback. Gritty defence, impressive team play, and a stream of threes turned out to be all the Gee-Gee men needed to regain confidence.

The strength of the squad is now back to where it needs to be moving into the later stages of the regular season. The men will be back out on the floor Saturday night at 8 p.m. to finish their home stay, looking for another solid showing versus the Gaels.