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UBC Okanagan hoops teams bid farewell to grads

All smiles with a win in their last game are: (left to right) Ed Dane Medi, Stuart Wallensteen, Yassine Ghomari, Landry Ndayitwayeko and Mike Zayonc of the UBCO men
All smiles with a win in their last game are: (left to right) Ed Dane Medi, Stuart Wallensteen, Yassine Ghomari, Landry Ndayitwayeko and Mike Zayonc of the UBCO men's basketball team. Of that group, only Wallensteen is eligible to return next season
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When the final buzzer rang out on Saturday night in Kamloops, it marked the end of the university careers of seven members of the UBC Okanagan basketball programs.

Graduating from the Heat women's team is Krystal Schouten (Winnipeg), while Yassine Ghomari (Vancouver), Ed Dane Medi (Rome, Italy) Landry Ndayitwayeko (Windsor), and Mike Zayonc (North Vancouver) have played their last games with the UBCO men.

In addition, women's player Laura Marcolin has decided to hang up the sneakers as she continues to pursue her studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Schouten, who started 18 of 20 games this season and averaged 6.3 points per game, will spend the rest of the semester completing her Bachelor’s in Human Kinetics. “Basketball is always a nice stress reliever,” she added, “so I’ll probably hit up the gym to get rid of that, but it will be different for sure.”

Ghomari will leave the men's program as its all-time three-point leader dating back to 2006 and also holds the free-throws crown with 264. He will receive a Bachelor in Human Kinetics in the spring. Ghomari currently sits as the third best point getter at this institution with 943 total points and he is also third in total assists (159).

“It’s pretty cool,” said Ghomari of his spot on the all-time lists for the program, “but at the end of the day a record is just a record. It’s not why we play. We always play to win. Unfortunately that didn’t happen too much this season, but it’s always nice hearing that you’re in the books too, I guess.”

The multilingual Medi leaves as the all-time leader in games played with 88, breaking the record of 86 set by Matt Gowing. Ed finished fifth all-time in total rebounds with 349, trailing former teammate Dave Mackay, who grabbed 369.

An Argyle Secondary product, Zayonc played every game this year, starting in 10 of them. In 15 minutes per game he has averaged 3.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in a productive bounce back from an injury that had him redshirt last season on Heat coach Pete Guarasci’s bench.

As a team captain, Ndayitwayeko’s on-court leadership has been perhaps his greatest asset. His ability to motivate and give advice to his younger teammates has been invaluable to the growth and development of the program.

Meanwhile, the Heat men closed out the 2013-14 on a winning note, beating TRU Saturday 73-60 to finish the season at 4-18.

The women lost 72-65 to the Wolfpack to finish conference play at 3-19.

 

 

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