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MBB | Cold stretch in fourth dooms Wesmen in loss to Bisons

Donte Makazu posts up near the Manitoba basket during men's basketball action Saturday, November 23, 2019. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Donte Makazu posts up near the Manitoba basket during men's basketball action Saturday, November 23, 2019. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

The Manitoba Bisons used a late 9-2 run to seize control and defeated the Winnipeg Wesmen 77-71 Saturday night at the Duckworth Centre.

The Wesmen men's basketball team went 3:06 in the fourth quarter with just one field goal as the Bisons erased a five-point lead in pulling away for their fifth win in six Canada West conference games.

It was Winnipeg's sixth straight loss after starting the season with two wins. 

It has been a frustrating stretch for the Wesmen, who have lost their past five games by eight points or less and have been in one- or two-possession losses in four of their last five games. 

"Going into two days off, I'm not overly sure," Wesmen head coach Mike Raimbault said of what his team's collective mindset is after a string of bad fortune. "We'll come back Monday and we'll look at the weekend and we'll prepare for Brandon like we always do."

The Wesmen have a short week before hosting the Brandon Bobcats on Thursday as part of a home-and-home series.

Don Dayrit had 23 points off the bench for the Wesmen, who also got 17 points and seven rebounds from Narcisse Ambanza

Winnipeg, however, struggled to control the glass and the Bisons won battles down low to the tune of a 59-42 edge in rebounding.

"Luckily rebounding helped us out a ton," Bisons head coach Kirby Schepp said. "Even last year I thought we had a size advantage as well but we just weren't quite ready and their skill level and their quickness we couldn't really take advantage. And this year our big guys are just a little bit more seasoned, a little bit more ready and I think that was able to help us."

Keiran Zziwa led the Bisons with 21 points. James Wagner had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Cameron O'Hara added 10 points and 15 rebounds.

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