It didn’t come easy for the U of M Bisons men’s basketball team, but they captured the program’s first playoff series win since 2001 with a 77-72 overtime win over Fraser Valley.
The Bisons almost threw the game away, scoring just seven points in the entire fourth quarter, and the Cascades tied the game with just seconds to go to send it to overtime. But a late three-pointer in overtime from Ilarion Bonhomme sealed the win for the Bisons.
Justus Alleyn led Manitoba with 23 points. The team now moves on to the Canada West Final Four, starting next Friday.
Men’s Volleyball Falters At Final Four
The good news for the Manitoba Bisons men’s volleyball team is that they can still qualify for CIS Nationals.
The bad news is they’ll have to win the bronze medal to do so after losing in straight sets to #8 Saskatchewan in the semifinal of the Canada West Final Four.
The third-ranked Bisons weren’t the only team to be upset: the top-ranked and host team Alberta Golden Bears crumbled under the pressure and lost in straight sets to #7 Trinity Western. The Bisons and Golden Bears will face off for bronze at 4 p.m. with the winner booking a ticket to the national championship tournament.
Women’s Hockey Drops Tight Conference Final Opener
The Bisons couldn’t solve the stingiest goalie in the Canada West playoffs, falling to the UBC Thunderbirds 2-1 in game one of the Canada West finals.
Danielle Dube made 27 saves for the Thunderbirds, maintaining her playoff-leading 1.00 GAA. Bison’s goaltender Amanda Schubert made 14 saves in the loss.
UBC opened the scoring midway through the first but the Bisons tied it with just over four to go in the opening frame thanks to Lauryn Keen. Just 68 seconds later, though, the Thunderbirds regained the lead and would not relinquish it.
The Bisons will try to keep their season alive when the two teams battle in game two of the championship series. Puck drop is 9 p.m. in Vancouver.