Friday, 30 November 2007

4th Quarter Surge Propels Bobcats at Winnipeg

#5 Brandon (8-1) 87, Winnipeg (4-5) 69 The Bobcats broke open a tight four point game after 3 quarters, ending the game on a 23-8 surge to pull away and defeat the hometown Wesmen in front of 1,200 fans at the Duckworth Center. Winnipeg took a 2 point lead into halftime but shot only 27% after halftime. 6'3" Dany Charlery and 6'5" Adam Hartman had 26 points apiece for Brandon, each going 3 for 6 from downtown while 6'1" Yul Michel added 16 points and 8 assists while 6'8" Stevens Marcelins contributed 11 rebounds in the win. Brandon went 25-33 from the free throw line against only 9 for 12 by Winnipeg. The Wesmen also shot only 3-16 (18.8% from downtown) highlighted by a 2 for 8 effort from behind the arc by 5'9" Erfan Nasajpour (20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists). Winnipeg got an outstanding performance from 6'6" freshman Ben Kingdon who was a perfect 6 for 6 from the field, scoring 14 points and adding 17 rebounds including 9 offensive boards. Brandon/Winnipeg Box Score Here is a report from the Wesmen site The Brandon Bobcats took advantage of some second half struggles by the Winnipeg Wesmen and came away with a 87-68 victory over the Wesmen Thursday night in Winnipeg. The Wesmen struggled to shoot just 27% from the field in the second half and only managed to score 22 points in the half. Fifth year forward Adam Hartman and third year guard Dany Charlery led Brandon with a game high 26 points each. Fifth year guard Yul Michel finished with 16 points and eight assists. The Wesmen had three players in double digits, led by fifth year guard Erfan Nasajpour, who finished with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. First year post Ben Kingdon had his best game of his young career finishing with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Fifth year forward Matt Opalko chipped in 11 points in the loss. Both teams came out on fire in an exciting back and forth first half. Winnipeg connected on 53% of their shots from the field which helped hold a slim 46-44 lead at halftime. Brandon opened the third quarter on a 12-4 run to hold a 56-50 lead near the midway point of the quarter. Winnipeg would go on to outscore Brandon 10-8 to only trail 64-60 after three quarters. The fourth quarter was all Brandon as the Wesmen shooting went cold and could only score eigh points in a tough way to end the game. Brandon would outscore Winnipeg 23-8 in the final quarter. The loss drops Winnipeg's record to 4-5, while the Bobcats sit at 8-1 and in first place in the Great Plains Division of the Canada West Conference. The two teams will meet in Brandon on Saturday night. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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