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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Bank it! Half-court swish pays tuition

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Higher education comes at a higher price these days. One way Brandon University in Canada helps students offset the expense is through a halftime, half-court heave at Bobcats men's games.

One lucky student gets the chance. Make it, and the semester's on Brandon.

On Friday night, student Mason Kaluzniak leaned on coach Gil Cheung for the honors, which the small school, 135 miles west of Winnipeg in Manitoba, allows.

Then he picks Coach Cheung. I started laughing. Gil was a shooter when he played 10 years ago, but he had the whole team to pick from. Gil walks out, takes off the suit jacket, says 'game time' and makes it.

-- Brandon sports information director Matt Packwood, on Mason Kaluzniak picking coach Gil Cheung to make a half-court shot for Kaluzniak's tuition

"He looked in our bench's direction and I jokingly said, 'Pick me!' " said Cheung, the Bobcats' third-year head coach who played four years at Brandon, according to Yahoo Sports! blog, Eh Game. "The toughest part was seeing how I can shoot with a suit on."

The rim never had a chance as Cheung's attempt left his right hand via set shot from his belt line.

Nothing but net.

"As soon as we told them we were giving students the option, the men's team just automatically started horsing around, practicing the half-court shot," Brandon sports information director Matt Packwood said, according to the Yahoo Sports! blog site. "Ilarion Bonhomme, our second-year guard, made three in a row and I was thinking, 'OK, it's going to happen.' A couple other guys made a few."

"Then he picks Coach Cheung," Packwood said. "I started laughing. Gil was a shooter when he played 10 years ago, but he had the whole team to pick from. Gil walks out, takes off the suit jacket, says 'game time' and makes it."

Kaluzniak was all smiles as the Bobcats players swarmed the court and their coach.

"Big thanks to bobcat head coach @Coach_Cheung_BU who hit a half court shot to win me my tuition !" Kaluzniak tweeted after the game.