Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Wesmen storm back from 22-point deficit

Punch ticket to Classic final

  • Print

The University of Winnipeg Wesmen men's basketball team will play in the championship final of its own tournament thanks to a stunning comeback.

The Wesmen stormed back from a 22-point first-quarter deficit to defeat the Mount Royal Cougars 96-79 in Saturday night'ss first semifinal of the 46th annual Wesmen Classic.

Winnipeg will play in the tournament's championship final on Sunday at 8 p.m. against the Lakehead Thunderwolves. Lakehead beat the Dickinson State Blue Hawks 80-53 in Saturday's other semifinal.

It will be the 28th time the Wesmen have appeared in the final of their own tournament, which carries plenty of history and some pagentry as the longest-running university tournament in Canada.

Led by player-of-the-game Benny Iko, who scored 22 points, the Wesmen battled back from a 30-8 deficit.

"I think it was maybe a loss of focus. Maybe we were looking forward to the future more than the game," said fifth-year Wesmen forward Iko, who added seven rebounds. Winnipeg’s Steven Wesley led all players with 10 boards while Travis Krahn chipped in with 16 points — including four three-pointers.

"Then it all clicked between everybody," Iko said. "We all realized what was at stake, how serious it was to win this game. I kind of put it on myself. I was like, I don’t want to see us lose this game... I didn’t want to see us make an early exit again."

Iko was a member of the Wesmen team that lost 80-60 in the 2010 Wesmen Classic final to the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Mount Royal got 16 points from Winnipeg native Nick Loewen and 18 from Awet Abraha.

In the earlier high school boys' semifinal, the Garden City Fighting Gophers earned the chance to defend their Wesmen Classic title by beating the St. Paul's Crusaders 89-72.

Garden City will now meet the Oak Park Raiders in the championship game on Sunday at 6 p.m.

In the semifinal game, Tynan Reyes led Garden City with 25 points while Josh Magpantay added 24 points and Malik Coleman scored 22 points. Justus Alleyn was St.Paul's leading scorer with 23 points.

Also on Sunday, the Brandon Bobcats will play in the consolation final at 2 p.m. against the Keyano College Huskies from Fort McMurray, Alta. Playing for seventh place at noon is UNBC against Mayville State. The third place game is at 4 p.m. between Mount Royal and Dickinson State.

The last time Winnipeg won the Wesmen Classic was in 2006.

History

Updated on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM CST: updates

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Can Steeves or Bowman catch Wasylycia-Leis?

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Deer in Canola field near Elma, Manitoba. 060706.
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should panhandling at intersections be banned?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google