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GRIZZLIES SPLIT GAMES

The Georgian Grizzlies women's basketball team split their weekend games, dropping a 64-58 decision to Durham, before bouncing back to defeat Fleming, 75-71.

Georgian led 33-29 at half against Durham, but were outscored 22-10 in the third quarter. Danielle Horvat picked up a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Kara Faulkner had 13 points and Katie Wiggins chipped in with 11.

Against the Fleming Knights on Saturday, Faulkner and MacKenzie Merkley had career highs to lead Georgian to a crucial victory to keep their playoff aspirations alive.

Faulkner scored 27 and Merkely had 25 as the Grizzlies overcome a 48-46 deficit after three quarters. Horvat added 14 points.

Georgian will need to pick up one victory in their three remaining games and hope Fleming

loses their final two games in order to grab the final playoff spot.

GEORGIAN MEN WIN TWO

The Georgian College men's basketball team picked up two big road wins this weekend to move into sole possession of third place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) East Region.

Against the Durham Lords on Friday, Mark Brown hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Grizzlies a thrilling 74-73 victory. With four seconds remaining in the game, Brown went to the free-throw line for a pair of shots. He missed both attempts, but the rebound bounced back to him and he promptly sunk the game winner.

The Grizzlies trailed 43-36 at the half and 58-54 heading into the fourth quarter. Georgian managed to keep the OCAA's leading scorer Rob Gagliardi in check, holding him to 14 points. Gagliardi averages 25.8 points per game.

Shane Rowe scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies. Tevin Goodridge was the only other Grizzly to reach double figures, scoring 10 points.

On Saturday at Fleming, the Grizzlies needed another fourth-quarter comeback. Georgian trailed 63-56 after three quarters, but exploded for 31 points in the final frame to come away with an 87-77 win.

Nolan Knill was top gun for the Grizzlies, scoring 21 points. Goodridge added 19, while Rowe had another double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Georgian sits at 10-6 and will host the George Brown Huskies on Friday in Barrie. Tip-off is 8 p.m.

GRIZZLIES TOP TEAM

SUDBURY -- The Georgian Grizzlies took home the overall team title at the OCAA East Regional badminton championships held at Boreal College.

The Grizzlies won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals as the two-day competition.

Guri Singh won the gold medal in men's singles, while Rebecca Trischler took home a bronze in women's singles.

The women's doubles team of Nicole Wilkins and Ziying Yang, and the mixed team of Logan Dayus and Maggie Tremblay, picked up a silver medal in their disciplines, while the men's doubles team of Brad McNeice and Trevor Neville grabbed a bronze medal.

All of Georgian's medalists have now qualified for the OCAA Provincial Championships to be held Feb. 17 and 18 at Redeemer.

EXCALIBUR SWEPT ASIDE

The Georgian Grizzlies picked up their 12th win of the season with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-22) sweep of the Trent Excalibur in men's volleyball action on the weekend.

Mike Hammond led Georgian with 12 points (10 kills, two blocks), while Josh Deppisch had nine (six kills, three blocks). Mike Vandinther had excellent game from his libero position, picking up 13 digs. Atley Stock came off the bench in the second set and had four kills and a block.

Chris Jacklin was top gun for Trent with 18 kills.

The win keeps Georgian in the running for a possible third or fourth place finish with three regular season games remaining, including a Wednesday home game against the George Brown Huskies.

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