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Their mental toughness was tested, but they came out on top.
T Birds head coach Thomas Cory said the victory proves that any one team in the OCAA can defeat any other team on any given night.
Algoma is tied with Humber for fourth place in the OCAA West Division.
The T Birds had not won since returning to the hardwood from the Christmas holiday break. Adidas D Rose 2.0
The T Birds gained the upper hand early against Sheridan, playing solid defence to keep the Bruins in check.
Saturday loss was only the second of the season for Sheridan. Their record fell to 11 2, but the Bruins rebounded to defeat Sault College Sunday afternoon 86 54 and improve to 12 2.
Sheridan downed Algoma 67 59 on Nov. 18, at Sheridan, in the only other meeting between the two teams this season.
The six foot guard finished the game with 15 points on five treys.
been struggling a little bit lately. If feels good to have these guys come in our gym, and get the win over them, Wilson said.
The six foot two guard is the leading scorer on the team averaging 19 points per game this year.
knew our backs were against the wall We were good tonight, he said.
Wilson was the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association and Canadian Colleges Athletic Association player of the year last season.
Cory said the adversity that comes with losing three in row actually helped his team Saturday night.
(Sheridan) are probably one of the top five teams in the country. It great for our guys, he said.
Mohamed is a specialty player whose role is to come in and hit the open shots, Wilson said.
Although he missed a few shots from beyond the three point line earlier in the game, Mohamed hit one when it counted most.
The T Birds hosted St. Clair Sunday afternoon, whom they defeated 82 52 to improve to 9 6, with five games left on the regular season schedule.
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Wilson led all scorers Saturday with 32 points, including seven treys and was also perfect from the line, hitting seven of seven free throws.
They lost three straight games by margins of 10, two and seven points respectively.
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proved that tonight. Our guys really, really played tonight. They really competed, Cory said.
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Sheridan never led once in the game, but they chipped away at the 10 point lead Algoma enjoyed at halftime to tie the Adidas Climacool 1 Womens contest with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter to force a five minute overtime period.
three pointer by Trevor Williams that tied the game came on a turnover by Algoma at centre court.
Sammy Mohamed came up big for the T Birds in overtime, hitting two treys. His final three pointer came off a feed from Jovain Wilson with 8.2 seconds left in overtime, and proved to be the winner.
They are tied with Fanshawe for first place in the West.
had the open look at the end, and he put it away, said Wilson.
the best feeling in the world. It what I live for, said the rookie, and one he admitted he remember for a long time.
Saturday victory improved Algoma record to 8 6 on the season.
The Algoma University men basketball team rebounded Saturday night from a three game losing streak to defeat the No. 1 college basketball team in the country.
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