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Wesmen hit century again in dropping Spartans

Narcisse Ambanza had 21 points and eight assists in a win over Trinity Western on Friday in Langley, B.C. (TWU photo)
Narcisse Ambanza had 21 points and eight assists in a win over Trinity Western on Friday in Langley, B.C. (TWU photo)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The high-scoring Winnipeg Wesmen put up big numbers again Friday night.

Sean Tarver and Narcisse Ambanza both had 21 points and the Wesmen men's basketball team scored at least 100 points for the fifth time this conference season in a 105-97 Canada West win over the Trinity Western Spartans in Langley, B.C.

The Wesmen are the highest scoring team in the country at 94 points per game and are the only team in U Sports to have more than three 100-point outings in conference play. 

Ambanza added eight assists and Tarver seven rebounds for the Wesmen, who improved to 9-4 on the season and handed the Spartans their 11th loss in 11 games. 

A pair of runs to start the third quarter helped the Wesmen break things open. Leading 46-43 at the break, Winnipeg opened the quarter on a 7-2 run. They followed that by holding the Spartans without a field goal for a stretch of 2:19 as the Wesmen proceeded to score the next nine points to take a 62-48 lead. 

Adam Benrabah added 15 points, Will Sesay added 11 and rebounds off the bench, and Don Dayrit scored 10 points with five steals in a reserve role. 

The Wesmen posted season-highs in both three-point shooting (12 of 24) and from the field (34-63). The 54 per cent shooting was the highest from a Wesmen team since U of W shot 54.7 per cent in a 77-69 win versus Brandon Jan. 25, 2014. The 50 per cent from three was the highest output from a Wesmen team from the perimeter since the Wesmen shot 50 per cent in a 96-62 win at Saskatchewan Nov. 12, 2016. 

Vartan Tanielian had a game-high 28 points for the Spartans, who also got 15 points from Josiah Meppelink and 19 off the bench from Borja Soriano. 

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