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It's the longest running university basketball tournament in Canada and the host Winnipeg Wesmen wanted desperately to win it for the 12th time.

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It’s the longest running university basketball tournament in Canada and the host Winnipeg Wesmen wanted desperately to win it for the 12th time.

Huskies 80 Wesmen 60

A 12th championship banner wasn’t raised to the Duckworth Centre rafters Thursday night, however, as another title wasn’t in the cards for the home team.

PHIL.HOSSACK@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Saskatchewan’s Chris Unsworth powers to the basket during Thursday night’s Wesmen Classic final at the U of W.

The defending CIS champion Saskatchewan Huskies had other ideas, beating the home side 80-60 in the 44th annual University of Winnipeg Wesmen Classic.

The Huskies, who trailed by four at the half, got 22 points from Jamelle Barrett, a 5-foot-10 third-year guard from Rancho Cordova, Calif. The tournament’s most valuable player, Rejean Chabot added 20. The Wesmen got 15 from Kelvin Smith, 13 from Nick Lother and 10 each from Lynden Drayton-Barrow and Ben Iko.

“I’m not disappointed at all,” said Wesmen coach Mike Raimbault. “I am really proud of the guys. They had a heck of a tournament.

“A few weeks ago the score (in games against the Huskies) was a lot more lopsided, and this is a testament to the progress we’ve made.

“They are a great team. They’re ranked No. 3 in the country for a reason, they are big and they are physical. We worked our tails off, but at the end of the day we’re weren’t able to get it done.”

Barrett played with severe pain in his right hand.

“In (Wednesday’s) game I noticed that my middle finger and the tendons downs the middle of my hand were swollen up,” he said. “I have to get it checked out, because I don’t really know what is going on.”

Explaining his 22-point performance, he simply smiled and said, “I had to play through it. We knew they were on a streak, and they’ve been playing better and better.”

Despite being ranked No. 3 in the country, Saskatchewan coach Barry Rawlyk didn’t take the Wesmen lightly. “I know a little bit of the history of the Wesmen Classic, and I know Winnipeg is always ready to play tough in their own tournament,” he said. “And they did. They really played well today, they played hard.”

Tournament all-stars were: Ryan Thomson, Lakehead; Jonar Huertas, Manitoba; Barrett, Lother and Braden Duff, Winnipeg.

In other games Thursday, the University of Manitoba got 21 points from Sean Maxwell and 13 rebounds from Josh Ogden to beat the Lakehead Thunderwolves 83-78 and claim third place. Also scoring for the Herd was Jonar Huertas with 19 and Kevin Oliver with 12.

The Thunderwolves were led by Ryan Thomson with 23. Greg Carter had 12 and Yoosrie Salhia had 11 points and 17 rebounds.

Byron Jones scored 22 points as Jamestown Jimmies downed the Brandon Bobcats 83-59 in one consolation final, and Keenan Etale had 17 to lead McMaster Mauraders to an 85-74 victory over the Minot State Beavers in the other consolation game. Jason West had 31 points for Minot State. Brandon got 11 from Wallace O’Brian.

 

allan.besson@freepress.mb.ca

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