Range’s 26 lead Bobcats to Canada West playoffs

With their playoff backs against the wall, Brandon Bobcats dug in defensively, holding the host WolfPack to just 9 points during a 15 minute stretch bridging halftime to capture a large road win 66-57 in Kamloops.  The victory give the ‘Cats #10 seed based on RPI in Canada West and a first-round “Best-of-three” playoff series next weekend in Winnipeg against #7 Manitoba Bisons.  Unlike Friday night when TRU made 9 of their first 16 threes en route to an easy victory, WolfPack finished just 3-17 from downtown and just 8-15 from the free throw line.  6’6″ Jonathan Range (Harlem, N.Y.) had 18 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, adding 10 rebounds in the victory.  Thompson Rivers enters the playoffs as the #12 seed and will travel to Regina to face #5 Cougars, who gained a weekend split with Saskatchewan, winning 81-76 in Saskatoon, breaking Huskies eight-game Canada West regular season winning streak despite a season-high 43 points from 6’3″ Chicago, Illinois-native Lawrence Moore.  Despite the loss, Huskies grab #8 seed and will host #9 UVic Vikes in another Best-of-three this coming weekend.  In the other series, #6 Winnipeg, victors 65-53 last night over UBC-O, host #11 UNBC, also in Winnipeg… In a game with Final 8 wild card implications, first-place and U-Sports #2 ranked Alberta Golden Bears got the game-winning jumper from 6’7″ Mamadou Gueye in a dramatic 97-96 victory over a pesky Lethbridge Pronghorns side that clinched #4 seed.  The game saw both teams author late runs, including Lethbridge rallying from an eight point deficit with just 3 1/2 minutes remaining after a 13-2 run that included a three from 6’8″ Zac Overwater to give Lethbridge the lead.  Later, 6’2″ Dwan Williams tied the game with 32 seconds left after a three of his own followed by a 1 for 2 effort from the line from 6’2″ Kyle Petersen, who otherwise starred in the game, setting up Gueye’s game winner.  Peterson finished with a career-high 32 points including three consecutive threes late in the third quarter while Overwater had 19 and, notably, 6’1″ Dejon Burdeaux added 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in 23 minutes despite foul trouble.  6’6″ Geoff Pippus broke out of a recent shooting funk with 19 points including 4-7 threes – Pippus had made just 6 of his previous 35 threes prior to the game – while 6’7″ Brody Clarke had another double double with 17 points/11 rebounds.  These teams could meet again down the road for a spot in the U-Sports Final 8.


One thought on “Range’s 26 lead Bobcats to Canada West playoffs

  1. Mark,

    You’re doing a great job!

    Just thought I’d mention that the 1st round play-off in Canada West is a single game, sudden-victory knockout. The best of 3 series are for the 1/4 finals and the semis.

    Jesse, I wish we had a tournament!

    WT Wayne Thomas 403-282-3573 H 403-815-2385 C waynet5@shaw.ca


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