Manitoba (5-9, 3-6) 89, Winnipeg (11-3, 6-3) 60… 6’4″ Keith Omoerah keyed a game-deciding 23-6 run early in the third quarter as Bisons pulled away to hammer the Wesmen in the first of two between the Winnipeg rivals. Omoerah had 12 of his game-high 21 points during that 7 minute span including a three and a dunk, adding 12 rebounds as the Bisons, having played arguably the toughest schedule in the country to date, bounced back with a confidence-building win. Wesmen turned the ball over 5 times during Bisons big run and had 20 turnovers overall as Manitoba shot 50% from the floor.
Manitoba coach Kirby Schepp was pleased with the way his team defended: “we competed well defensively and it was nice to see Keith play a complete game. He scored in every way and really rebounded well. Winnipeg is a very balanced team and we needed our defensive rotations to be solid and much of the game they were.”
6’2″ Narcisse Ambanza had 17 to lead Winnipeg while 6’3″ Denzel Lynch-Blair, Winnipeg’s leading offensive player, finished with just 6 points. Manitoba, which led by 21 with 5 minutes remaining after which Schepp emptied his bench, committed just 10 turnovers and had all 12 players who dressed hit the scoresheet.
The teams meet again Saturday at the Duckworth Center in an 8 PM ET start.