Only in Canadian collegiate athletics would one learn of a record shooting performance because the player responsible posted the highlight reel on YouTube. On Super Bowl Sunday, Samy Mohamed, a freshman guard for the Algoma Thunderbirds, set an Ontario Colleges Athletic Association record by swishing 14 three-pointers in a single game against Lambton in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
The Scarborough, Ont., native's performance might have disappeared into the mists of the time completely if not for Mohamed being as smooth with the self-promotion (self-promotion: if you don't do it, who will?) as he is with his shooting stroke. It also helped that North Pole Hoops picked up on it. Mohamed, who was barely recruited out of high school before Thunderbirds coach Thomas Cory took a chance on the 6-foot guard, heated up early in the game. The previous OCAA record for triples in one game was 12, and Mohamed had to knock down a couple contested, hand-in-his-face shots late in the game to get the record.
You have to love how Mohamed embellished a little after havinghis legs taken out by teammate Odane Ferguson, who had been fouled hard while setting a screen. That's a true shooter, always trying to get the call. You also have to like the classic bit of Canadian uncertainty from the courtside announcer at the end of the clip — "Fans, we believe Samy Mohamed just set an OCAA all-time record with 14 threes to break the record. Unofficial, but... we feel pretty confident."
Well, hey, it's not like one would expect that record to get broken by a frosh who has come off the bench for much of the season. Mohamed's stats suggest only that he's having a promising frosh season, as he's averaged 13.6 points while starting only four of Algoma's 16 conference games. Who could have imagined he would go off for 48? Well, perhaps Mohamed dropped a hint of what he is capable of on New Year's Eve when he sank 9-of-13 three-point attempts and scored 29 points against the Cape Breton Capers, who are ranked No. 3 in the CIS coaches' poll and are unbeaten in their conference. (Algoma plays at the college level, but is moving to CIS and Ontario University Athletics next season; strangely enough, the Soo school might play in the OUA East division.)
It doesn't look like Mohamed turned into a Costanza-esque chucker for the sake of setting a record, or at least not an inefficient one. He made an efficient 17-of-30 from the floor, including 14-of-26 from three-point land. (Picture his coach telling him in practice: "Samy, uh, yeah ... could you try to get to the free-throw line at least once next game?)
So he was even 3-for-4 while shooting from inside his range.
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