Wesmen wait for final quarter to launch big comeback
at Winnipeg 82 Fraser Valley 76 – The Cascades break clear in the 3rd quarter after a give and take opening half, and the visitors take a 12 point lead. That got the Ws’ attention, and they came on strong in the 4th, to the tune of 24-7, for the comeback win in the opening game of their best of 3 play-in series.
Fraser Valley had been loose and shooting accurately in the opening 30 minutes, but cooled off completely in the 4th quarter, as they slowed down, and rarely got a high quality shot off in the late going. Still up by 10 with 5:30 left, UFV scored nothing from there, allowing a 16-0 Winnipeg run.
The Wesmen got scoring leadership from Denzel Lynch-Blair, with his 23 points/ 9 rebs/ 4 assists, and post man, Ryan Oirbans, with 21 points/ 15 rebounds. Sean Tarver added 18 pts for UW, who out-shot Fraser Valley 49% to 44% from the floor, and forced 20 UFV turnovers to 13 of their own. UFV had 19 from Andrew Morris off the bench, and 4 more players with double digits, including Anthony Gilchrist’s 12 pts/ 10 rebounds. Box Score
at Manitoba 94 Regina 84 – In cricket, one side goes to bat, scores their points, then may ‘declare’ their score enough for a win. The other side comes to bat, and often, they are all-out for far fewer runs. This game was a bit like that cricket match. Except the 52-36 Cougars lead after their 20 minute at-bats didn’t hold up … not nearly.
The Herd thundered back with a 58-32 trampling of Regina in the final 20, and they didn’t even slow down to check the state of their victims. This got ugly for UR in the 3rd quarter particularly, as they lost most of their lead, and saw the Bisons cresting the hill. 20 more field goal attempts for UM, from the effects of more Cougars turnovers, and more Manitoba rebounds. AJ Basi broke out for 26 points for the winners, and he had help from Justus Alleyn (16 pts) and Keith Omoerah (12 pts/ 11 boards). Regina had 19 pts/ 12 rebs from Brian Ofori, and 16 points from Brandon Tull, but the hoop got decidedly smaller in the 2nd half, as their shots bounced away. Box Score
In the East – Wednesday – OUA – Brock 80 Western 65, Windsor 91 McMaster 87 OT
Thursday – Quebec – McGill 72 at Concordia 45 … McGill makes a statement in grabbing the regular season summit.
- Johneil Johnson the Regina rookie stand-out, on his 6th man role for the Cougars, “I do what I need to do,” said Johnson, a 6-foot-1 guard from Lake Echo, N.S. “Being a first-year guy, getting the opportunity that I have, I’m just thankful for it. I’ve been able to play comfortably on the court and I’m learning from the older guys. I’m having fun.” From Rob Vanstone in the Regina Leader-Post