DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
For their first game out of the gates in 2019-20, the Winnipeg Wesmen took a little time to find a higher gear.
But the Wesmen men's basketball team turned it up a notch in the second half, outscoring the Lakehead Thunderwolves 54-32 over the final two quarters to earn an 88-63 win in its non-conference opener Thursday night in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Billy Yaworsky added 17 points and six rebounds, Winnipeg out-rebounded the home side 50-34 for the night.
The Wesmen led 26-17 after a quarter but were outscored 14-8 in the second. In the third they put their foot down with a 33-16 quarter that put them in control.
"I thought it was a good first effort," head coach Mike Raimbault said. "Multiple guys stepped up to make plays at different times. It's a tight turnaround for (Friday's) game, so I'm looking forward to seeing how our guys handled that challenge next."
The Wesmen shot 10-for-34 from three, but held the Thunderwolves to 6-for-32 from the same range.
Winnipeg went 33-for-83 from the field, while Lakehead was 20-for-71.