Sunday, 10 February 2008

Blues pay tribute to a pair of graduates

Blues Enjoy Class Act by Mel Magalas... The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team defeated Laurentian Saturday night by a score of 94-71 and now need one win in their next two meetings with Ryerson to clinch second place in the East. The Laurentian game was almost secondary last night as the Blues athletic department honoured two of its senior players: Paul Sergautis and Michael Degiorgio. Prior to the start of the game, mothers of the players were presented with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and players received beautiful wrist watches as a token of the department’s appreciation. After the game a catered reception with an open bar was attended by players, parents and alumni. Blues head coach Mike Katz had high praise for both Sergautis and Degiorgio. “The defense of Sergautis and his timely three point shooting have been a key factor in contributing to the success of the Blues this year”. Katz added that “Mike Digiorgio will be difficult to replace not only from his skill on the court but for his leadership ability”. Without question Degiorgio has had a tremendous impact on the team's performance and is no doubt the back bone and heart and soul of this year's Blues team. Katz made a point of talking about how it wasn’t too long ago that crowds barely numbered fifty people for game attendance and now with each successful season and this year's winning record, the Varsity Blues basketball team are beginning to fill up the gym. The crowd was slow to disperse from last night's reception as everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the next few weeks should be full of optimism for the Blues and without a doubt more fans should be jumping on the band wagon!

The Varsity Blues host Ryerson in a rare mid-week contest on Wednesday night at 8 PM and hope move closer to clinching second place in the division and a first-round playoff bye. Currently, Toronto (15-5) is 1/2 game behind Ottawa (16-5). The Gee-Gees must defeat Carleton at Carleton on Saturday and hope the Blues lose at least one of the two games to Ryerson this week to have any chance of finishing second.

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