The tasks ahead for the Brandon University Bobcats are surely going to get more challenging, the road ahead bumpier and tougher to navigate.
For now, however, these Bobcats have a winning streak to enjoy.
Kyle Vince hit four three-pointers and scored a game-high 23 points and the Bobcats men's basketball team scored its second straight come-from-behind victory -- although far less dramatic than the one that preceeded it -- in defeating the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack 88-80 in Canada West conference action Saturday at the BU Gymnasium.
"Everyone can play on this team and there's so many guys on our team that can lead," said Vince, who also grabbed eight rebounds. "This weekend it just happened to be me."
O'Brian Wallace also had four threes to finish with 19 points, Jordan Reaves went7-for-8 from the field to score 14 and Isaiah James added 11.
One night after coming from 23 down and beating TRU on a buzzer-beating tip-in, the Bobcats again dug themselves out of an early hole, trailing by six after the first quarter and four at half.
"I think the way we competed being down both games will help us in the long run," BU head coach Gil Cheung said. "We have a lot of new faces but there's some grit behind these guys."
The Wolfpack won't fool anybody into thinking they're a national title contender, but they're a team very much in the same situation as this young Brandon squad: New coach in Scott Clark, new systems and trying to build a new identity.
The Bobcats defensive effort was more consistent and BU held Justin Riggins, TRU's dynamic guard who was guarded largely by 6-foot-6 BU forward Kyrie Coleman, to just 14 points on 5-for-19 shooting. Coleman finished with 12 points of his own.
"Riggins had a great game (Friday) night and I thought a lot of his stuff was he could build up some speed and our guards are a little smaller than he was," Cheung said. "I thought Kyrie's length took that away. Kyrie's not the most physical guy: He's a mini-Kevin Durant; he's long for the CIS and he can keep guys in front of him."
After Matt Pierce hit a three for TRU to tie it at 74 with 2:42 to go, the Bobcats outscored the Wolfpack 14-6 the rest of the way, including a Vince three on the very next possession. BU wouldn't trail again.
"It gives us a lot of confidence going into Regina, which is going to be two tough games, so it says a lot," said Vince, whose team will hit the road to take on the Cougars on Friday. "The chemistry is coming along. Just last week from this week it's amazing."
Kevin Pribilsky led TRU (0-2) with 18 points.