Spartans fall to offensively-charged Bisons

Spartans fall to offensively-charged Bisons

By Mark Janzen, Trinity Western University

LANGLEY, British Columbia – For the second night in a row, the Manitoba Bisons earned a convincing win over Trinity Western, capturing a 115-91 victory Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

Manitoba took a lead midway through the first quarter and, similar to Friday night's win, filled the basket with regularity the rest of the night.

The Bisons (8-6) shot 56.2 per cent from the field, rolling to a 24-point victory.

Manitoba's Ilarion Bonhomme led his team with 24 points, while AJ Basi had 21 points and Justus Alleyn had 19 points. Keith Omoerah had 13 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds.

TWU had six players in double digits, with Vartan Tanielian (White Rock, B.C.) leading the way with 17 points. Tee Mayberry (Pasadena, Calif.) led the Spartans with seven rebounds to go with eight points.

The Spartans (2-12) kept the game close up until halftime, trailing by just 10 points at the break, but the Bisons pushed their lead to an insurmountable 24 points by the end of the third quarter.

TWU shot 51.3 per cent through the first half, but was held to 24.4 per cent shooting over the final 20 minutes.

After only giving up eight turnovers Friday, TWU committed19 turnovers in Friday's loss.

The Spartans took a quick 6-1 lead in the first quarter only to see Manitoba respond with a 12-2 run to reverse TWU's five-point edge. Manitoba continued to push the pace, opening a 10-point lead, 28-18, through 10 minutes. Bonhomme had 11 points to pace the Bisons.

In the second quarter, both teams shot nearly 60 per cent from the field and scored 33 points each. With the Bisons up 61-51 at the break, Manitoba already had four players with double digits in points while the Spartans had three players with 10 or more points.

The third quarter saw the Bisons continue to shoot just under 60 per cent, but the Spartans dropped to 21 per cent in the frame. With that, Manitoba outscored TWU 31-17 to open a 24-point lead, 92-68, through 30 minutes.

The Bisons extended its lead to as many as 37 points with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter before a late TWU surge closed the gap to 24 points.

TWU is back on the court next weekend when the Spartans travel to play Victoria Jan. 27-28. Manitoba returns home to host UNBC Jan. 27-28.

Game Notes: The Bisons scored a combined 223 points in the two-game series…TWU has given up more than 100 points six times this year.