The Brandon University Bobcats men’s basketball team had a solid first half but ran out of gas in the final 20 minutes in their first pre-season game of the year as they fell 70-55 to the Minot State Beavers on Friday night at BU’s Healthy Living Centre.
Minot State, an NCAA Division II school from North Dakota, held a slight 29-28 advantage at halftime, but the Beavers dominated the second half to take the contest.
Although his team faded down the stretch, Bobcats head coach Gil Cheung was happy with his first look at his squad in game action after just one week of training camp.
“I thought we competed hard,” he said. “I know we ran out of gas a little bit. It was a big physical game and I think they’re going to be a pretty good team. … A lot of positives. For a guy like Emerick Ravier, who hasn’t played in a year and a half or so, it was good to get him into some game action. He was excited.
“Ali (Mounir Benabdelhak) was getting up and flying around everywhere. We played 12 guys and everyone got about 12 minutes or so, so we’re pretty happy with that.”
Ravier and Jude Molin both had 12 points for Brandon. Theo Farough, fresh out of Neelin High School, got some court time late in the fourth quarter and grabbed a defensive board.
The Bobcats were without forwards Jordan Reaves (ankle injury) and Peterson Suffrard, who just arrived yesterday from Montreal.
The Bobcats will resume training for all of September and play their next exhibition game Oct. 10 when they host the Western Mustangs.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 31, 2013