Half-court shot wins Manitoba student free tuition
Christina Commisso-Georgee, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, February 18, 2013 2:14PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 18, 2013 7:59PM EST
A Brandon University student owes a lot to one of his instructors after he hit a miraculous half-court shot at a recent school basketball game, winning the student free tuition with a single swish.
While watching Friday night’s game between the Brandon University Bobcats and the Regina Cougars, Mason Kaluzniak was selected to take the half-court shot in the ‘Shoot-out for Tuition’ contest.
Participants can choose to take the shot themselves, or ask any other person in the building to shoot on their behalf.
Kaluzniak called on his former instructor and current Bobcats basketball head coach Gil Cheung to shoot in his honour.
A former Bobcat himself, Cheung seemed unfazed as he stepped to half-court and made the shot with nothing but net.
Kaluzniak and Cheung celebrated on the court as the audience erupted in cheers.
Brandon went on to beat Regina 68-54, giving the Manitoba university further reason to celebrate.
Kaluzniak -- a physical education student -- later thanked Coach Cheung via Twitter.
“Being a smaller university we have to get to know our students really well, and in turn we get to have a lot of fun with them,” said Cheung in a statement. “This was a lot of fun for everyone involved and I'm just happy I was able to make the shot for Mason.”
During his time as a Brandon student, Cheung led the Bobcats to two national championship finals as team captain.
According to the university, Cheung's last three-pointer as a player in a Canada West conference game was 10 years ago last week.