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Seniors night highlights regular season home finale

Thursday February 18, 2016
Gee-Gees in action.
Erica Roberts

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team will play its final home games of the regular season this weekend, welcoming the Waterloo Warriors and Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks to Montpetit Hall. Saturday’s game against Laurier will include a ceremony to recognize the efforts of Ottawa’s senior players, Mike L’Africain, Vikas Gill, Mehdi Tihani, Zach Traer, and manager Paul Neves.

“As a group, they’ve played a huge role in making this program into a national contender every year,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin, who added L’Africain and Gill to the team in 2011, while Tihani and Traer joined a year later. The group has collected two national silver medals and a national bronze medal together, as well as the OUA Championship in 2014.

L’Africain is coming off another stellar individual performance, tying his career high with 33 points against Brock. That, with the 18 points scored against McMaster the day before, allowed the Oakville, Ont., native to move into fourth place on the Gee-Gees all-time scoring list, moving past Bill Shane (1157) and Alex McLeod (1167) with his career running total of 1183. L’Africain is also chasing down Josh Gibson-Bascombe in Ottawa’s all-time assists list, just 12 behind his predecessor with 379.

The last time Waterloo visited Montpetit Hall, the garnet and grey handed the visitors a 98-60 loss. The result was similar last year in Waterloo, with Ottawa taking an 89-48 victory. Waterloo has struggled this season, and is on the outside looking in the West Division with a 1-16 record.

Laurier (7-10) has had an up and down season, starting with an overtime win against Western (9-8) and most recently taking an 89-85 loss at home to Lakehead (9-6). Senior guard Will Coulthard leads the team with 18.8 points per game and has also etched his name in school record books, sitting third in Laurier history at 1558 career points.

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