The Brandon University Bobcats men’s basketball team earned a split on its trip to B.C.’s interior, but head coach Gil Cheung believed it could have been a sweep.
Brandon (2-6) won its opening game late Friday night 64-59 over the UBC-Okanagan Heat (1-7) in Kelowna, courtesy of a 28-point effort by Ilarion Bonhomme. Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak added 10 points for BU in the Canada West conference clash.
On Saturday in Kamloops, the Bobcats were within one point of the Thompson River WolfPack (4-4) with five minutes left in the game, but gave up a 5-0 run and couldn’t battle back. Kenonte Ramsey led Brandon with 18 points, followed by Michael (Reggie) Smith with 15.
“Right now, I think the execution is just not there for the full 40 minutes,” Cheung said. “Once again, it was a two-minute stretch where we broke down defensively … We didn’t trust in each other executing and they did a good job and they deserved the win.”
Meanwhile, the Bobcats women’s basketball team went winless on its road swing with a 73-35 loss to the WolfPack (5-3) on Saturday.
Brandon (0-8) got off to a slow start in each quarter and couldn’t overcome the early deficits. Maegan MacKay and Jaynell Gillett led the Bobcats with eight points apiece.
BU head coach Novell Thomas said there were too many unforced errors, but he wants his players to put the weekend behind them.
“Whenever you lose twice, the way we did, it’s tough,” he said.
“It takes its toll on you, but it’s what we do moving forward now. We just have to learn from these last two games and start preparing for next weekend, which will be two tough games, and just start getting a little bit of rhythm and momentum back.”
Both Bobcats teams, who played seven of their first eight games on the road, will wrap up the first half of the season with home games against the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday and the Trinity Western Spartans on Saturday.