Despite a late-season push, the Brandon University Bobcats could not make the Canada West men’s basketball playoffs.
Brandon (7-13) was eliminated from contention late Friday night with a 92-53 loss to the Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton. The Bobcats closed out their season on Saturday with a 72-51 loss to the 10th-ranked Golden Bears (14-6).
Although the Bobcats lost their final two games of the season, head coach Gil Cheung was proud of the way his team performed, especially on Saturday as they were already out of contention.
“I was proud of our guys because we showed up to shoot-around practice, we showed up to the game wanting to leave something behind for our fifth-year players — Kyle Vince and Donovan Gayle,” Cheung said. “Even if we didn’t get the win, we didn’t want to leave the floor with a poor effort, and we didn’t. I was proud of our guys, even if we didn’t get the win, and I think we represented the university and program well this weekend.”
Gayle led the Bobcats with 10 points Friday night. Ilarion Bonhomme paced them with 13 on Saturday, while Jordan Reaves added 12, Vince had 11 and Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats women’s basketball team (0-20) went winless for the second straight season, losing 93-33 to the host Alberta Pandas 93-33 Saturday night.
Kaela Cranston led the Bobcats with eight points.
That was the last game for Ritchie Jacobson as the team’s head coach. He’ll be replaced by Novell Thomas in March. While Jacobson is disappointed Brandon went winless, he is proud of his players.
“Everyone’s competitive on this team and they’d like to get that ‘W’, but … the bottom line is we kept getting better and with the group of kids we had. They show up every day and work hard and they want to get better. You can’t ask for anything more,” he said.