By Ross Bentley 12/5/13
Senior Accounting major Gerald Holmes has been selected as the Campus Recreation Player of the Week.
Holmes was selected as Player of the Week for his participation in the men's competitive intramural basketball league, where he has helped lead his team, Lee Hall Legends, to the championship game tonight against Hoosiers.
Holmes has shined in his ability to be a leader on the court, hit the three-point shot, and keep his teammates involved. Lee Hall Legends has had a dominant season, surpassing the 100 point mark three different times, and not losing a game.
"We just play as a team, we try to have fun, we don't stress anything too much, we have a lot of good talent, we just go out there and play," said Holmes.
Having been playing basketball since he was four years old, Holmes is a former collegiate player as well at the varsity level, having played at Mohawk Valley Community College before transferring to Oswego. "I'm smart, I can shoot, I'm short and not that fast, but my I.Q. for the game evens the playing field and even gives me a notch up from other players, so I would say that's my best attribute."
Speaking to him before his game last night, Holmes said that his teams semifinal game, meant something extra than a normal game. "Last year we lost to (their semifinal opponent) Jellyfish, we didn't have as good of a team as we have this year, but we only lost by a couple points so it's kind of that revenge game. Even though it's intramurals I don't like losing, so I'm just going to go in there and give it 100 percent and hopefully come out with the win." And win they did. Holmes helped his team Lee Hall Legends pick up a 59-41 win over rival Jellyfish to advance to the championship contest.
Although individually Holmes excels on the court, he says his favorite moments are when his teammates succeed. "Last game our big man (Andy Falvey) dunked on somebody, I don't really care about my own highlights, but that was the first dunk he had all year, it was an and one."
Along with playing intramurals, Holmes also enjoys playing video games, and he is active in community service, participating in the Adopt a Grandparent program at Oswego.
Holmes and the Lee Hall Legends will go for the championship tonight against Hoosiers at 9 p.m. in the Lee Hall gym.