Winnipeg Wesmen Communications
WINNIPEG - The University of Winnipeg Wesmen went on an 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to lift them to an 82-76 victory over the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades in Game One of the best-of-three Canada West men's basketball play-in series Thursday evening at the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg trailed 76-64 with 6:21 remaining in the final quarter, shortly after the Cascades reeled off seven straight points to extend their lead to 12 points.
The Wesmen outscored Fraser Valley 26-7 in the fourth quarter, connecting on 13-of-19 (68%) from the field in the final 10 minutes to secure the Game One win.
Denzel Lynch-Blair had a solid game for Winnipeg, finishing with 23 points and nine rebounds. Ryan Oirbans finished with a double-double (21 points and 15 rebounds). Sean Tarver had 18 points, including a trio of three pointers. Jamar Farley finished with 11 points.
Andrew Morris led the Cascades with 19 points. Manny Dulay added 15 while Anthony Gilchrist had a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds. Navjot Bains also finished with 12 points.
Fraser Valley started the contest on an 8-0 run, with Bains scoring all points early on. Winnipeg regrouped to go on a 9-0 run of their own to take the lead back at 9-8. A three pointer by Sean Tarver followed by a put back by Ryan Oirbans gave the Wesmen a 24-18 lead after the opening quarter.
A 9-0 run by the Cascades to start to the second quarter pulled them ahead 27-24 forcing Winnipeg to take an early timeout. From that point on it was a three point barrage with both teams exchanging multiple shots from outside. Winnipeg went into the halftime break leading 46-45.
Fraser Valley kept the pressure on the Wesmen in the third quarter, outscoring the Wesmen 13-4 in the opening 5:40 to take a 58-50 lead. Andrew Morris scored seven points down the stretch to help the Cascades carry a 69-56 lead into the fourth quarter.
"We feel fortunate to have made our run at the right time. With a tight turn around we will have to be sharp tomorrow afternoon. We expect another hard fought battle", said Wesmen head coach Mike Raimbault.
Winnipeg finished the contest connecting on 49% from the field, the Cascades finished at 44%. Winnipeg had the edge in rebounds by a margin of 35-30.
Game Two of the series will be played Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.