Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak posted a game-high 19 points for the Brandon University Bobcats men’s basketball team in a 77-59 victory over the Valley City State Vikings on Monday to claim their second straight Wesmen Classic consolation title in Winnipeg.
Benabdelhak hit four three-pointers in the game for Brandon, which built a 49-27 halftime lead and never looked back to finish fifth at the eight-team event. Player of the game Emerick Ravier added 18 points and five boards. Russell Robinson paced the Vikings, an NAIA school from North Dakota, with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bobcats fell 69-58 to the Dickinson State (N.D.) Blue Hawks in an exhibition game at the Healthy Living Centre on Monday. BU had some early rust and trailed by as much as 25 in the first half. The team was without starting point guard Aleah Bridges, who’s still at home in California with her family.
Brandon is off to Saskatoon for a three-day tournament that starts on Thursday. The event features the host Saskatchewan Huskies, the Regina Cougars and the Sherbrooke Vert et Or.
The Bobcats are in sunny Barbados, competing in the VolleyBarbados Winter Championships this week. BU won its opening match on Sunday over a club team that featured Barbados national team players, and had Monday off to relax on the beach. Among the other teams taking part are a trio of other CIS squads in the third-ranked Montreal Carabins, the sixth-ranked University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat and the Calgary Dinos.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 31, 2013