Manitoba Bisons Overwhelm Lakehead in UW Wesmen Classic Final
Manitoba 73 Lakehead 54 – Manitoba are the champions of the 49th Annual Wesmen Classic with a wire-to-wire win over Lakehead in the Final, as they out-shoot the ‘Wolves 54% to 32% from the floor. Keith Omoerah, chosen the MVP of the tourney, is high man for the Herd with 18 points, with Brett Jewell scoring 16. Lakehead get 16 points from Bacarius Dinkins, but are beaten in every quarter by the Bisons. Box Score
Winnipeg 90 Acadia 64 – In the 3rd place game … Denzel Lynch-Blair scores 25 to lead the Wesmen to a dominating win. The Ws claim a huge 66-44 rebounding edge, and limit the Axemen to just 29% shooting. Kyle Arsenault and Erik Nissen score 13 each for Acadia. Box Score
Lethbridge 74 MacEwan 71– In the Consolation Final … Brandon Brine and Rob Olsen each score 19 points, as the Pronghorns shoot 52% from the field. Ryan May has 19 points for the Griffs. Box Score
NAIT 70 Brandon 66 – In the 7/8 game … Box Score
Final Games in the U. Laval (Quebec) Tourney –
Calgary 88 Laval 67 – Calgary’s Lars Schleuter hit 6/12 from 3 pt range, scoring 24 pts and grabbing 11 rebounds, and his double-double paced the Dinos to a win over the host Rouge et Or. Calgary hit 48% from the floor, and won the rebounding 53-43. Laval had a tough shooting night, with just 20/80 finding the mark; the home team fails to take advantage of 24 UC turnovers. Thomas Cooper added 19 pts/ 9 rebs for the visitors, while Vladimir Thomas led UL with 17 points.
Ottawa 105 UNB 96 – The Gee-Gees finish strong, hitting 53% from the floor, as they get 5 players in double figures, led by Caleb Agada’s 17 pts/ 8 rebs/ 8 assists, and 18 points/8 assists from Mike L’Africain. The Varsity Reds make a good run in this very high -scoring affair, shooting 53% FG as well; Jesse Kendall scores 27 for UNB, and Javon Masters pours in 25 of his own.
In the U.S.–
UNBC 85 Dordt Coll. (CA) 82
Cochise College (AZ) 96 Regina 94 Vanguard (CA) 89 Alberta 62
Concordia U. (CA) 95 Saskatchewan 61 – Shawn Lathan leads U of S with 13 points; we note that Shane Osayande, the Huskies post who missed the 1st semester due to injury, started this game. Box Score
Westmont (CA) 83 UBC 70 – Conor Morgan scored 24 / 12 rebounds for the T-Birds. Box Score
Rocky Mountain College (MT) 95 Thompson Rivers 60
- We missed our old friend and former Vikes Coach, Ken Shields, in Victoria. Ken was excited to be returning to Prince Rupert (B.C.) High School to give a team clinic after Christmas. As a high school senior, he and his ‘Rainmakers’ teammates, coached by Norm Vickery, won the B.C. Boys Championship at UBC.
- The Bisons win over Lakehead on Wednesday was the first Wesmen Classic championship for Manitoba since 1991, and their eighth all-time. UM are also the first of the Manitoba schools (UM, Brandon, Winnipeg) to win the Cup since 2008, when Brandon took it, and the first time a city team earned it since 2006, when the Wesmen prevailed.