WINNIPEG – The Trinity Western University Spartans dropped their opening game of the Canada West season 84-56 to the University of Manitoba Bisons Friday night at the Investors Group Athletic Centre in Winnipeg.
Manitoba used a 55-33 rebounding advantage to get 21 second chance points while shooting 46.4 percent (32-69) from the field to their full advantage in opening the season with the win, while Trinity Western struggled finishing with eight second chance points and a 26.6 percent (17-64) shooting from the field.
Nicholas Tancon and Vartan Tanielian led the Spartans with 10 points each, while Amarjit Basi with 18 points, Alfreeman Flowers with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Wyatt Anders with 17 rebounds led the Bisons.
The two squads were evenly matched through the first quarter, which say Manitoba leading by six points, 18-12. In the second quarter the Bisons started to take control as their defence and rebounding held the Spartans to nine points as Manitoba entered the break with a 37-21 lead.
Manitoba continued to dominate in the third quarter as they blew the game open with a 24-11 quarter to lead by 29 points, 61-32 heading into the final 10 minutes of the game.
The Spartans found their scoring touch in the final frame as they outscored the Bisons 24-23 to make the final 84-56 for Manitoba.
The two teams will match up again tomorrow night at 7 p.m. CT.