U SPORTS Men's Basketball: Monday roundups

IMAGE CREDIT: Wilson Wong/UBC Thunderbirds
IMAGE CREDIT: Wilson Wong/UBC Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds fall in overtime thriller against Bisons

Aaron Martin/UBC Thunderbirds

VANCOUVER – A wild overtime frame saw the UBC Thunderbirds men's basketball team (0-2) fall just short on Friday night, at War Memorial Gym as the Manitoba Bisons (2-0) completed the Canada West quarter-finals sweep with a 98-96 overtime win. Manitoba guard A.J. Basi knocked down a three-ball with six seconds remaining in the extra session, sending the Bisons to the conference Final Four.

Playing his final game in a UBC Thunderbirds jersey, Jordan Jensen-Whyte was an absolute force. The senior guard had a game-high 33 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds in his swan song, and was the reason the 'Birds got to the extra frame, tying the game at 87-87 with two clutch free throws in the game's dying moments.

"I thought it was a gutsy one, man," said Jensen-Whyte. "We came out stronger than we did last night, we knew it was going to come down to the wire again tonight, but I am so proud of everybody on this team, all the coaches, everyone that has been around me for the last five years. Kudos to those guys."

Ilarion Bonhomme had 26 points, as well as 10 rebounds, for the visiting Bisons, while Justus Alleyn knocked down 4-of-6 three balls en route to 18 points, and Basi picked up 12.  For UBC, Patrick Simon also finished with a strong 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Conor Morgan notched six of his 14 points in the overtime period to give UBC a fighting chance.

The physicality and stout defending from yesterday's opening contest bled into Friday's first half, as the Bisons and 'Birds went back-and-forth for the majority of the opening 20 minutes. Struggling from the free throw line and beyond the arc early, Simon and Taylor Browne knocked down some deep balls late in the second quarter as UBC started to gain some momentum.

Jensen-Whyte drilled a clutch mid-range jumper on one end before sprinting back on defence to hold the Bisons at bay on the other end. Once trailing by as many as eight points, the Thunderbirds cut the Manitoba lead down to just 37-35 by the break.

Jensen-Whyte and Simon led the 'Birds with 10 points at halftime. For Manitoba, Bonhomme had 10 points, while Alleyn chipped in with eight, including a pair of triples.

With Morgan in foul trouble, Jensen-Whyte took over in the third frame. The captain's physical nature was on full display, as the guard got to the line on four separate occasions, pulling UBC ahead by as many as six points, up 59-53 with about four minutes to play in the quarter.

A late 16-2 Manitoba run saw the Bisons flip the script late in the stanza, eventually retaking taking a 69-64 advantage into the fourth

Down 75-66, Simon kicked off a UBC comeback with a deep corner three, continuing his electric night from the outside. Jensen-Whyte pulled the 'Birds within two with a strong drive to the hoop and a layup.

The two teams continued to trade shots in final stages of regulation, as a layup from Will Ondrik put UBC down 87-85 with 37 seconds to play, setting up Jensen-Whyte's heroics with 5.5 seconds to go.



Regular season:


Fri. 24  * Memorial 82  Acadia 97  Final 
  (4-point game) 
   * Saint Mary's 94  Cape Breton 78  Final 
   * UNB 85  StFX 74  Final 
   * UPEI 75  Dalhousie 90  Final 
  (4-point game) 
Sat. 25  * Memorial 84  Acadia 74  Final 
  (4-point game) 
   * Laval 63  Concordia 75  Final 
   * UPEI 93  StFX 94  Final - OT 
   * Saint Mary's 70  Cape Breton 66  Final 
   * Bishop's 69  UQAM 78  Final 
* Conference




Wed. 22  * Lakehead 61  Toronto 82  Final 
  OUA Preliminary Round (#12 @ #5) 
   * McMaster 71  Windsor 63  Final 
  OUA Preliminary Round (#9 @ #8) 
   * Queen's 74  Nipissing 77  Final 
  OUA Preliminary Round (#11 @ #6) 
   * Laurier 72  Laurentian 88  Final 
  OUA Preliminary Round (#10 @ #7) 
Thu. 23  * Thompson Rivers 71  Calgary 75  Final 
  CW Quarter-finals - Game 1 
   * Winnipeg 84  Saskatchewan 85  Final 
  CW Quarter-finals - Game 1 
   * Lethbridge 59  Alberta 80  Final 
  CW Quarter-finals - Game 1 
   * Manitoba 79  UBC 75  Final 
  CW Quarter-finals - Game 1 
Fri. 24  * Thompson Rivers 68  Calgary 76  Final 
  CW Quarter-finals - Game 2 
   * Winnipeg 77  Saskatchewan 88  Final 
  CW Quarter-finals - Game 2 
   * Lethbridge 112  Alberta 111  Final - OT 
  CW Quarter-finals - Game 2 
   * Manitoba 98  UBC 96  Final - OT 
  CW Quarter-finals - Game 2 
Sat. 25  * Toronto 59  Brock 80  Final 
  OUA Quarter-Final D (Winner #12 v. #5 @ #4 Seed) 
   * Laurentian 81  Ottawa 93  Final 
  OUA Quarter-Final B (Winner #10 v. #7 @ #2 Seed) 
   * McMaster 50  Carleton 89  Final 
  OUA Quarter-Final A (Winner #9 v. #8 @ #1 Seed) 
   * Nipissing 62  Ryerson 87  Final 
  OUA Quarter-Final C (Winner #11 v. #6 @ #3 Seed) 
   * Lethbridge 84  Alberta 107  Final 
  CW Quarter-finals - Game 3 (if necessary)