With files from Wesmen Athletics
Friday, October 20, 2017
Winnipeg 79 – Lakehead 78
What best could be described as a roller coaster of a game. The Wesmen narrowly beat the Lakehead University Thunderwolves 79 – 78 in the opening game of the Lea Marc Printing Tournament. The Wesmen from the beginning whistle starting the game strong, with a team effort on both sides of the ball. The Wesmen shot 61% and made 43% from the 3 point line. Lakehead was equal to the task with slightly better numbers shooting 67% from the field and 80% of their three pointers. The difference in the quarter was the ability of the Wesmen to go up and rebound. The Wesmen dominated the boards early, picking up seven rebounds to Lakeheads one. This was shown on the stat sheet with the Wesmen taking 9 more shots than Lakehead. Narcisse Ambanza, the second year guard out of Toronto, led all Wesmen scores with seven points. 4th year player, Lequan Cseri-Hylton lead the Thunderwolves with 9 points, all from the three point line.
The second quarter was quite the opposite tale for the Wesmen. Shooting a disappointing 5 of 19 in the quarter. The Wesmen opened the door for the Thunderwolves to pounce. The Thunderwolves picking up 26 points in quarter, driven once again by the strong shooting of Cseri-Hylton, who finished the half with 18 points. One bright spot for the Wesmen in the quarter, was 3rd year Winnipeg product Billy Yaworsky. With his 4 defense boards, Yaworsky kept the Thunderwolves from running off with the lead. At the half, the score was Lakehead 42 Wesmen 36.
Once again the tables were turned in the third quarter. Coming out of the half time break, Wesmen Head Coach, Mike Raimbault seemed to inspire his team to improve their overall team game. Sean Tarver answered the call scoring 14 points in a wild back and forth quarter. At the end of three, the Wesmen were up by one point, Wesmen 64, Lakehead 63.
In the final stanza, the back and forth action continued. Both teams fought hard and showed a commitment to playing team basketball. Narcisse Ambanza continued his strong play by putting up the game winning shot. Lakehead had an opportunity to win the game with less than 3 seconds left on the clock. However their final shot was just off the mark, leaving the Wesmen with a one point victory.
Head Coach Mike Raimbault was pleased with his team’s effort. “I think it was a good team effort for us. It was back and forth certainly, both teams had opportunity to pull away at different times in the game. Both teams showed resilience in terms of fighting back when they were down. I was happy that we got the stop late, and came out with the win”
Lakehead was led by Lequan Cseri-Hylton with a game high 21 points and 7 rebounds. Kache Kopec had 13 points and two rebounds. Nick Burke had an impressive outing with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Manitoba 80 – Brandon 67
5th year player Justus Alleyn scored a game high 20 points to lead the University of Manitoba Bisons to a 80-67 victory over the Brandon Bobcats at the Lea Marc Printing Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Alleyn finished 16 of 19 with 4 three pointers and grabbed two rebounds.
James Wagner scored 14 points followed by Joey Nitychoruk with 13 points for the Bisons.
John Paul led the Bobcats with 13 points, 6 rebounds. Followed by Tyvon Cooper and Jonathan Range’s 10 points in the game.
Winnipeg will finish the Lea Marc Printing Tournament facing the Brandon Bobcats on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. While Lakehead, will take on the Manitoba Bisons at 8:00 p.m.