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MBB | Wesmen open season with convincing win in T-Bay

Narcisse Ambanza had 20 points on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 to help the Wesmen men's basketball team to a non-conference win at Lakehead. (Shanlee McLennan/Wesmen Athletics file)
Narcisse Ambanza had 20 points on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 to help the Wesmen men's basketball team to a non-conference win at Lakehead. (Shanlee McLennan/Wesmen Athletics file)

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.

Adam Benrabah and Narcisse Ambanza both went for 20 points — and 4-for-8 from three — and Benrabah added 11 rebounds for the Wesmen, who will play Lakehead at noon on Friday before returning home. 

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. 

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