CALGARY – There is no hotter team in the country than the Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball team.
After sweeping the #2 team in Canada a week ago, the Bisons went to Calgary and knocked off the Dinos 74-72 in the Canada West semifinal, locking up a berth at nationals for the first time since 1985.
The Bisons held on to a narrow lead down the stretch of a thrilling game, and Calgary missed a pair of shots for the tie before time expired.
AJ Basi led the way with 19 points for the U of M, who have now won 15 of 17 games since a 2-6 start to the season.
With a trip to Halifax now booked, the Bisons go for their first ever Canada West title since joining the conference in 1999. They take on Alberta tonight at 9.
Women’s Basketball: Wesmen Magic Runs Out Against Regina
SASKATOON – The Winnipeg Wesmen had a chance to advance to their first Final 8 in 12 years but fell short, losing to Regina 81-70 in their Canada West Final Four matchup.
The game was tied after the 1st quarter but Regina raced ahead to a 15-point halftime lead. The Wesmen cut the deficit to six heading into the 4th but scored just nine points in the final frame.
Conference MVP Antoinette Miller led the way with 28 points in the loss while Megan Noonan struggled mightily, making just one of 12 shots.
The Cougars will play in the conference championship for the 8th time in 10 years against Saskatchewan, who have won three of the last six years. The Wesmen will face Alberta for bronze at 5 p.m.
Men’s Volleyball: Wesmen Swept By Trinity Western
LANGLEY, BC – The Wesmen knew they would be in tough in their first-round series at Trinity Western, the freshly crowned #1 team in the country.
After a straight sets loss Thursday, the Wesmen again barely got a sniff in a 3-0 loss Friday, ending their season.
The Spartans now advance to the Final Four, being held at the U of M next weekend.