U SPORTS Men's Basketball: Monday roundups

U SPORTS Men's Basketball: Monday roundups

Manitoba wins squeaker by one point over UNBC

Written by: Danielle Doiron

WINNIPEG, MB – It all came down to the final seconds of Friday, Jan. 27 night's men's basketball matchup between the University of Manitoba Bisons and the UNBC Timberwolves, but the Bisons came out on top 86-85 at Investors Group Athletic Centre.
 
With the win, Manitoba improves to 9-6 in Canada West play. The Bisons have now won seven in a row in conference play and 10 in a row, counting non-conference play. UNBC falls to 4-11 with their seventh consecutive loss.
 
"At times our intensity was good, but we didn't necessarily play smart," Bison head coach Kirby Schepp said. "Give (UNBC) credit. They shot the heck out of the ball. They really, really shot it well the whole game.
 
"We're lucky that we turned them over … and they coughed it up a couple times, and that basically is what got it for us.
 
UNBC's Marcus MacKay led both teams with 28 points, including eight three-pointers. AJ Basi put up 23 points for Manitoba.
 
The lead changed 10 times in the first quarter as the Bisons and Timberwolves battled to get ahead. With the game tied at 13, UNBC's Vaggelis Loukas hit a three-pointer to make it 16-13. The Bisons fired right back, scoring on a pair of free throws and then jump shots from Basi and James Wagner. MacKay tied it up again at 19 on a three-point shot, but Basi netted a jumper to give Manitoba a 21-19 lead heading to the second.
 
Basi dominated the start of the next quarter. UNBC opened the second with a pair of three-pointers, but the Bison veteran sank a three-point shot of his own and then two jumpers to keep Manitoba ahead. Technical difficulties with the scoreboard caused an extended delay late in the half, but the Bisons never lost momentum. Manitoba closed out the second quarter up 50-41.
 
But the Timberwolves caught up in the third. After a string of disputed calls saw the Bisons lose possession, UNBCbrought the game within three on a MacKay three-point jump shot that cut Manitoba's lead to 55-52. The Timberwolves later made it a one-point game before overtaking the Bisons 63-62 when Tyrell Laing sunk a jump shot. The game stayed neck-and-neck through the rest of the third, but the visitors came out on top 72-70.
 
The game came down to the wire in the fourth. Justus Alleyn tipped one in to bring the Bisons within one, but he followed with a foul, and MacKay made both resulting free throws to bring UNBC ahead 85-82. From there, solid defence from Keith Omoerah helped keep Manitoba alive. Ilarion Bonhomme tied the game and then gave Manitoba an 86-85 lead when he sunk a pair of free throws – just enough to win it.

The two-game weekend set continues on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. CT at Investors Group Athletic Centre.
 
 
Point leaders
MAN: AJ Basi (23)
UNBC: Marcus MacKay (28)
 
Assist leaders
MAN: Ilarion Bonhomme (5)
UNBC: Rhys Elliott (5)
 
Rebound leaders
MAN: James Wagner (6)
UNBCVaggelis Loukas (10)

Source: http://www.canadawest.org/

 

Other results: 

Wed. 25  * McMaster 77  Ryerson 99  Final 
  Mattamy Athletic Centre 
Thu. 26  * Bishop's 55  Concordia 76  Final 
   * UQAM 70  Laval 66  Final 
Fri. 27  * Ottawa 91  Western 55  Final 
  Alumni Hall 
   * Dalhousie 85  Cape Breton 67  Final 
   * Acadia 84  UPEI 68  Final 
  (4-point game) 
   * Saint Mary's 93  UNB 80  Final 
  (4-point game) 
   * Nipissing 93  Queen's 84  Final 
  Athletics & Recreation Centre 
   * Carleton 104  Windsor 54  Final 
  St Denis Centre 
   * Algoma 58  Guelph 76  Final 
  WF Mitchell Athletics Centre 
   * Ryerson 65  Brock 74  Final 
  Meridian Centre 
   * Laurentian 79  York 58  Final 
  Tait-Main Gym 
   * Calgary 86  Regina 70  Final 
   * UNBC 85  Manitoba 86  Final 
   * Mount Royal 62  Saskatchewan 82  Final 
   * Winnipeg 89  MacEwan 85  Final 
   * UBC Okanagan 71  Lethbridge 75  Final 
   * Brandon 62  UBC 127  Final 
   * Trinity Western 63  Victoria 72  Final 
   * Thompson Rivers 72  UFV 80  Final 
Sat. 28  * Laurier 82  Waterloo 75  Final 
  Physical Activities Complex 
   * McMaster 57  Toronto 65  Final 
  Goldring Centre 
   * Dalhousie 73  Cape Breton 70  Final 
   * Acadia 74  UNB 84  Final 
  (4-point game) 
   * Saint Mary's 105  UPEI 98  Final 
  (4-point game) 
   * Laval 65  UQAM 70  Final 
   * UNBC 68  Manitoba 77  Final 
   * Carleton 82  Western 60  Final 
  Alumni Hall 
   * Laurentian 85  Queen's 64  Final 
  Athletics & Recreation Centre 
   * Brock 89  Guelph 62  Final 
  WF Mitchell Athletics Centre 
   * Ottawa 78  Windsor 64  Final 
  St Denis Centre 
   * Nipissing 65  York 63  Final 
  Tait-Main Gym 
   * Concordia 75  Bishop's 69  Final 
   * Calgary 81  Regina 82  Final 
   * Mount Royal 87  Saskatchewan 90  Final 
   * UBC Okanagan 61  Lethbridge 83  Final 
   * Winnipeg 62  MacEwan 77  Final 
   * Trinity Western 65  Victoria 69  Final 
   * Thompson Rivers 79  UFV 67  Final 
   * Brandon 53  UBC 87  Final