An uncontested alley-oop dunk in the final minute of Ottawa’s 110-92 win at York made Terry Thomas the new Gee-Gees program record holder for points in a single game. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia native scored 44 points on 15-of-22 shooting and another ten points from the line to eclipse the 43 point landmark scored in November of 2012 by Warren Ward.
The Gee-Gees saw another team record fall on Saturday night, draining 15 three-pointers to stand at 216 this season. That breaks last year’s record of 209. All that offence helped Ottawa post a 100-point score for the third straight game and ninth time this season.
Thomas’ performance was not the only impressive one of the evening. York’s fourth-year post Nick Tufegdzich posted an incredible double-double of 36 points and 20 rebounds, having his way inside the paint.
Thomas led Ottawa to a white-hot start, draining three of the team’s seven first quarter three-pointers. York tried a zone defence in the first which the Gee-Gees quickly picked apart with three-point shooting and a beautiful no-look dish by Mike L’Africain from the middle of the key to find Thomas under the net. L’Africain finished the game with 13 points and 13 assists, marking a career high in helpers.
Meanwhile, the Gee-Gees defensive pressure forced six York turnovers and the visitors led 36-17 after one. Thomas netted 18 points in the first and would add seven in the second, eight in the third, and 11 in the fourth.
"He was a monster in transition today, " said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin of Thomas. "He puts so much pressure on the defence. When the game was on the line we needed him and he stepped up. "
The Lions made things interesting in the third, closing a 62-40 halftime gap to 77-72 at the end of the stanza. Ottawa shot just 26 per cent from the field and went 1-of-8 from downtown while York went on a scoring spree. Tufegdzich netted eight and swatted a pair of Gee-Gees shots, leading a more balanced Lion attack.
Ottawa came back with a quick 5-0 run to re-establish a double-digit lead at the start of the fourth. York didn’t score again until the 5:50 mark and Thomas punctuated the momentum shift with a rim-rattling dunk.
Thomas also led the Gee-Gees in rebounding on the night, adding seven boards. Johnny Berhanemeskel scored 19 points and Caleb Agada recorded 15 points, six rebounds, and four steals in another all-around performance.
Ottawa 36 26 15 23 110
York 17 23 32 20 92