WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball team took care of business on their home court, ending Regina’s season with an 88-80 win to capture their first round series in two games.
The Bisons, seeded fifth in the Canada West playoffs, now advances to take on the fourth-seeded UBC Thunderbirds next weekend.
The Winnipeg Wesmen wanted to join their crosstown rivals in the quarterfinals but lost 78-71 to Fraser Valley, forcing a decisive game three Saturday afternoon.
After finishing their game one win on an 18-0 run, the Wesmen again faced a steep 4th quarter deficit but could not overcome. Tip off in the winner-take-all game three goes at 3 p.m. at the Duckworth Centre.
Hockey: Bisons Split Game One Openers With Mount Royal
The Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team came into their first-round series with Mount Royal the decisive favourites.
It took a while but the Bisons poured in on in the third period of game one and skated off with a 5-1 win.
The Bisons, ranked #5 in the country, clung to a one-goal lead midway through the third before scoring a trio of goals in the closing minutes for some breathing room. The Bisons go for the sweep at 7 p.m.
Out in Calgary, the Mount Royal men’s team upended the Bisons 6-1 in game one of their best-of-three series. Manitoba will try to keep their season alive at 8 p.m.
Volleyball: Wesmen Shock Second-Ranked Spartans
The Winnipeg Wesmen men’s team got a huge win Friday night, stunning #2 Trinity Western in four sets.
To be fair, the Spartans don’t have much to play for with Manitoba having already locked up the top seed in the playoffs, but it shouldn’t lessen what the win means for Winnipeg. They improve to 13-9 and move closer to clinching a playoff spot.
The two teams meet again at 6 p.m. in their last game of the regular season.
For the women, their disappointing season continued with a straight-sets loss to the Spartans. The Wesmen are now 2-19 on the year.