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HUSKIES BASKETBALL SET TO HOST CONESTOGA, MOHAWK IN CROSSOVER PLAYOFF GAMES SATURDAY

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George Brown basketball will host a pair of crossover playoff games on Saturday, February 24 with berths in the OCAA Championship on the line. 

The women’s team (15-2, 1st east) will take on Conestoga (5-15, 8th west) looking to book their spot at the OCAA Championship. The Huskies earned their first east division crown since 2009-10 this season in an incredible turnaround under second-year head coach Warren Williams. George Brown reeled off ten straight wins to open the season and haven’t look back, led by one of the best pairings in the OCAA.

Aprille Deus and Tianna Sullivan make for an imposing one-two punch – Sullivan led the province in scoring this year, averaging 22 points a night on 44.2% shooting from the floor. The 5’9” wings unique ability to handle the ball, finish in the post and shooting touch have made her a near impossible guard. She has also been a force defensively in the Huskies high-pressure system, averaging 2.9 steals.

Fifth-year point guard Aprille Deus has established herself among the best players in the country, and is the Huskies leader on and off the court. Deus is averaging  14.6 points, a team-high 4 steals, 4.7 assists and shooting 87.3% from the charity stripe. The Huskies are likely to go as far as their star duo takes them.

Conestoga heads into Saturday with a record of 5-15, having beaten UTM to earn the crossover playoff game.

The men’s team (18-2, 2nd east) will take on Mohawk (10-10, 7th west) having won eight straight games. The backcourt pairing of Dejazmatch James and Alex Petronis, currently combining to average 32.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.7 steals will need to continue proving themselves among Ontario’s elite backcourts. 

Petronis and fellow former Dalhousie Tiger centre Justin Bhangoo, along with Matt Bukovec and James will be leaned on for their big game experience. The Huskies will have their work cut out for them, falling on the same side of the draw as Redeemer and Humber.

The Mountaineers are led by second-half addition Rommel Calura, who is averaging 16.3 points and four rebounds a night. They are 5-6 on the road this year.

Women’s game tips off at 4 p.m., men’s game at 6 p.m. at Casa Loma Campus.

Follow @GBC_Huskies on twitter for updates throughout both games or click here to watch live.