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49th Annual Wesmen Classic

Manitoba 73 Lakehead 54 [Championship Final]

The Manitoba Bisons ended a 24-year drought to win the 49th Wesmen Classic beating the Lakewood Thunderwolves in the final 73-54. For the Bisons, it’s their eighth title and first since 1991. It’s also the first time a Winnipeg-based team won the tournament since the 2006 Winnipeg Wesmen. The last title by a Manitoba team came in 2008 when the Brandon Bobcats won the trophy. The Bisons built a 37-24 lead at the half and spent the second half defending it. Manitoba outscored Lakehead on turnovers 23-4. The three-point shooting the Thunderwolves used to beat the Acadia Axemen in the semifinal left them in the final as they went 4-25. Brett Jewell, a fourth-year forward for the Bisons, had 16 points in the win, while Keith Omoerah had 18 and Amarjit Basi had 12 points. The ‘Wolves were led fourth-year guard Bacarius Dinkins and Alex Robichand with 16 and 11 points respectively. Lakehead has won the Classic four times, the last one coming in 2012.


Keith Omoerah - Manitoba


Kyle Arsenault-  Acadia
Denzel Lynch-Blair - Winnipeg
Brandon Persad -Lakehead
Bacarius Dinkins - Lakehead
Justus Alleyn - Manitoba

Winnipeg 90 Acadia 64 [3rd Place Game]

The Winnipeg Wesmen broke a second-quarter tie with 20 straight points to run away from the Acadia Axemen with a 90-64 win to claim 3rd place at the 49th Wesmen Classic. During the second-quarter surge the Wesmen were led by Denzel Lynch-Blair, Jelane Pryce and Jamar Farley. Lynch-Blair had a game-high 25 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, before he fouled out with his second technical, and received the player of the game honor for his efforts. Acadia was unable to close a 16-point halftime gap early in the third quarter and the Wesmen took advantage of the Axemen press to add to their lead. Third-year forward Erik Nissen led the Axemen with 13 points and six rebounds. Pryce, playing in his final Wesmen Classic, had 18 points and eight boards, while the fourth-year Farley had eight points. Australian Ryan Oirbans also put up a double-double of 10-11 before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.

Player of the Game:

Winnipeg - Denzel Lynch-Blair 25 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists

Lethbridge 74 MacEwan 71 [Consolation Final]

The Lethbridge Pronghorns grabbed the lead at the end of the third quarter and fought off the Grant MacEwen Griffins’ attack in the consolation final (fifth-place game) for the 74-71 win at the 49th Wesmen Classic. Fourth-year Pronghorns guard Rob Olsen was named player of the game with 19 points and five rebounds, while his teammates Brandon Brine (19 points, nine rebounds) and Michael Pierzchala (11 points) also contributed to the win. The Pronghorns received scoring from nine of 10 players. The Griffins had a chance to tie with less than five seconds left as Denzel James took the shot from beyond the arc, but had to watch as the ball sailed wide as the buzzer sounded. Ryan May, a fifth-year forward for the Griffins had 19 points and seven rebounds in the loss, while Thomas Jerniuk had 11 points, including hitting three of four from three-point land. It was a close battle between the Alberta teams from the start, with the Pronghorns jumping out to an early 8-2 advantage only to see the Griffins go on a nine-point run before the quarter was over which had the teams tied 21-21. A 12-point run in the second quarter gave the Griffins a 36-31 lead at the half, but in the second half Brine and Pierzchala stepped up their play, which, along with Olsen, gave the Pronghorns a triple offensive threat.

Player of the Game:

Lethbridge Pronghorns - Rob Olsen 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

NAIT 70 Brandon 66 [7th Place Game]

The NAIT Ooks picked up their first victory of the Coca Cola Wesmen Classic with a 70-66 victory over the Brandon University Bobcats.  Brandon went into the final quarter with a 60-56 lead but turned ice cold in the fourth quarter. NAIT outscored Brandon 14-6, highlighted by a 12-1 in the final quarter to pick up their first victory of the 2015 Classic. Player of the Game recipient Jackson Jacob led NAIT with 17 points. Sebastian Cava finished with a double-double 14 points and 13 rebounds. Brandon was led by Christopher Stanhope who scored a game high 18 points. Earl Thompson Jr added 14.

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University Women's Game Results

Thunder Selects Tournament

Saint Mary's 59 Winnipeg 58 [Championship Final]

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Varsity Boy's Game Results

49th Annual Wesmen Classic

John Taylor 84 Garden City 80 [Championship Final]

For the first time since 1988 the John Taylor Pipers have laid claim to the high school championship trophy at the Wesmen Classic after edging the Garden City Fighting Gophers 84-80 at the 49th version of the tournament. It was fitting a three-point shot was the difference in this game after the Pipers Zack Giesbrecht restored his team’s lead after the Gophers used the trey to tie the game seconds earlier. Giesbrecht finished with 25 points and seven rebounds. The Gophers shot 32.4 per cent from beyond the arc in the game and were an impressive 42.1 per cent in the second half, mainly due to a short span in the third quarter when Garden City erased a 47-41 deficit with four consecutive threes – Christian De Leon with two and Trezon Morcilla and Dylan Tagle with one each. A timeout by Pipers coach Spiros Kavadas helped his team stop the Gophers momentum in a quarter they were outscored 24-12. Garden City continued to use the threes to keep things close but John Taylor used size to its advantage. James Wagner had 21 points, 14 rebounds for the Pipers, while Riki Zimbakov had 13 points and six rebounds. Garden City was led by Morcilla’s 19 points and Marcel Arruda-Welch with a game-high 28 points, 10 rebounds. It’s the second
time the Pipers have captured the high school title at the Wesmen Classic and the first in 27 years, while the Gophers have won seven times since 2003 including four straight from 2010-2013.

Player of the Game:

Zack Giesbrecht [John Taylor] 25 points, 7 rebounds


James Wagner - John Taylor


David Mugugu - Kildonan East
Jerome Wuidar-  Oak Park
Marcel Arruda-Welch - Garden City
Trezon Morcilla - Garden City

Oak Park 65 Kildonan East 61 [3rd Place Game]

The Oak Park Raiders captured third place at the High School Boy's Wesmen Classic with a 65-61 victory over the Kildonan East Reivers. After a slow first quarter by both teams, the Raiders outscored the Reivers 28-7 in the second quarter to take a 30-15 lead into the
halftime break. Kildonan East made a charge in the second half, outscoring the Raiders 46-35. Wyatt Tait led the Raiders with 19 points and was named the Player of the Game. David Mugugu scored a game high 26 for the Reivers.

Vincent Massey 89 Fort Richmond 87 [Consolation Final]

The Vincent Massey Trojans defeated the Fort Richmond Centurions 89-87 in a thrilling High School Boy’s Wesmen Classic Consolation Final. Grade 12 guard Taylor Templeton drained the winning basket with under one second to play to give the Trojans their second victory of the Classic. Templeton had 24 points and was named the Player of the Game. Jerome Manguba led the Trojans with a game high 27 points. The Centurions were led
by Jaden Harms who finished with 18 points.

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