University of Winnipeg
WINNIPEG, MB - A third quarter offensive outburst lifted the University of Winnipeg Wesmen to a convincing 84-59 victory over the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades in the third and deciding game of a Canada West Play-In Series Saturday afternoon in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg trailed 34-30 at the halftime break but went on to outscore the Cascades 31-9 in the third quarter to open up a 51-43 lead.
Winnipeg will take on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a best of three Canada West Quarter-Final series beginning Thursday night in Saskatoon at 8:30 p.m. Game two will be played Friday at 8:30 p.m. and if necessary game three will be played on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
Narcisse Ambanza led the Wesmen with a game high 22 points. Denzel Lynch-Blair followed with 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Sean Tarver came off the bench to score 14 and Will Sesay had a double-double 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Manny Dulay led the Cascades with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Mark Johnson was next with 10 points.
Both teams struggled out of the gate in the opening period. Fraser Valley outscored Winnipeg 15-10 after the opening 10 minutes. The Cascades managed to connect on 35% from the field while the Wesmen were successful on 25% of their shots.
The Cascades opened up the second quarter on a 9-2 run to open up their largest lead at 24-12. Winnipeg fought back scoring nine unanswered points, including four by Ambanza to cut the deficit to 24-21 with 4:30 left to play in the second frame. A pair of free throws by Lynch-Blair pulled the Wesmen to within two at 32-30 but Denver Sparks-Guest scored a basket with three seconds left to send the Cascades into the halftime break leading 34-30.
The second half was the telling story as Winnipeg outscored the Cascades by a 54-25 margin.
Winnipeg out-rebounded the Cascades 41-32. Winnipeg finished the contest shooting 49% from the field while the Cascades connected on 32% of their shots.