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The Highlight Reel: Feb. 8

Superstar Terry Thomas tames Lions

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team was in Toronto on Saturday night to take on the York Lions and proceeded to methodically declaw them in a historical fashion on their way to a 110–92 victory.

On Jan. 25, just two weeks prior to Saturday’s game, fourth-year forward Terry Thomas came one point shy of an all-time Gees record for most points in a single game when he put up 42 against the Queen’s Gaels. Saturday night, he would cement himself in University of Ottawa history by scoring 44 points, with a 15–22 shooting ratio, to break the record.

Simply stated: Terry Thomas has an incredibly strong case as the best university basketball player in Canada.

A 44-point and seven-rebound night is almost unheard of for university players. In comparison, only four NBA players have scored more points than Thomas in a game this season.

Nonetheless, basketball is still a team game and it is worth noting that every Gee-Gees starter scored more than 10 points in the game. Point-guard Mike L’Africain dished out an impressive 13 assists in the night.

The Gees are looking strong as ever riding a six-game win streak coming into their last weekend of the regular season. The men will be back out on the floor in Montpetit on Friday night at 8 p.m. when they take on the Laurentian University Voyageurs.

 

Women’s basketball in late-season slump

The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team lost their third straight game on Saturday against the York Lions with a final score of 60–51.

Heading into the last weekend of the season, the Gees’ record is at 12–8, which is still good for third place in the division despite the recent slip. The women should still be heading for the playoffs, but they should hope to fare better next weekend in order to keep a high seed in the playoffs.

The women will be looking for some comfort at home when they take the court again against the Laurentian Voyageurs Friday at 6 p.m. in Montpetit. The game will be a part of the Shoot for the Cure initiative in Canadian Interuniversity Sport during which the teams will raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and promote awareness and support  by using a pink game ball.