DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
For the third time this season, the Winnipeg Wesmen men's basketball team hit triple digits on the scoreboard. And for the second time, the Wesmen took a loss.
The Wesmen held an eight-point edge in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter but the Brandon Bobcats rallied and ultimately prevailed with a 109-107 double-overtime win over Winnipeg Friday night in Brandon.
Narcisse Ambanza had 29 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Sean Tarver added 24 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Wesmen, who fell to 7-4 but remained in a share of third place in the Canada West conference.
The Wesmen went ahead 87-79 on a Joseph Medrano bucket with 2:21 to go in the fourth, but went scoreless the rest of the period as the Bobcats forced overtime.
In the first overtime, Brandon went ahead 101-99 with 29 seconds to go, but Ambanza made a jumper with 10 seconds left that forced a second overtime.
In the second overtime, the Wesmen went up 107-103 on a Don Dayrit jumper with 3:36 to go, but Winnipeg went scoreless the rest of the way.
Medrano had 22 points and a Wesmen career-high 10 rebounds.
Winnipeg went just 7-for-28 from three and was 16-for-25 from the free-throw line.
Tyvon Cooper led five Bobcats in double figures with 27 points. Pookie Saunders added 21 and 13 rebounds, Jaleel Webb and Kevone Philip had 16 each and Steven Chieng added 13.
The teams are back in action Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Duckworth Centre.