Brandon’s Ilarion Bonhomme powers past a Windsor defender Sunday. ((BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN)
Old habits returned for the Brandon University Bobcats, and it cost them in their exhibition men’s basketball game on Sunday at the Healthy Living Centre.
For a little over a quarter, the Bobcats showed they could play with the Windsor Lancers, a team Bobcats head coach Gil Cheung expects to be a final four squad at the national championship, but Brandon struggled down the stretch. After trailing by 15 at the half, the Bobcats came out fired up and cut the deficit to seven, but Windsor’s coach settled his team down after calling a timeout and the Lancers went on to an 87-72 win.
Not being able to put a whole game together is something the Bobcats haven’t been able to do for a while. Third-year point guard Ilarion Bonhomme knows they need to address that.
"That’s one thing we haven’t been able to do for a couple years now is put a full game together," he said. "I don’t know what it is, but once we figure it out, we’ll be dangerous."
Bonhomme finished with 11 points and four assists, while Kenonte Ramsey led the team with 18 points and Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak added 16. Jordan Reaves just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds for BU.
Cheung admitted that the Bobcats were beat by the Lancers’ physicality, and it showed in the first half as Windsor out-rebounded Brandon and grabbed seven offensive boards. However, Cheung liked the way his team played in the offensive end of the court and thinks they can be a tough team to beat when the Bobcats open the Canada West season on Nov. 1 when they host the Victoria Vikes.
"I think we showed glimpses of being a strong team," Cheung said. "Offensively we looked better. Defensively it’s a work in progress. It’s just getting five guys on the same page in the defensive end. The only concern right now is the rebounding."
Brandon closes out its pre-season schedule this Friday and Saturday when they host the Dakota College at Bottineau Lumberjacks as part of homecoming week.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats women’s basketball team posted a 2-1 record at a tournament at the University of Winnipeg over the weekend. BU followed up its first win against a CIS opponent in three seasons with another on Saturday as the Bobcats beat the Lakehead Thunderwolves 60-53. Cassie Cooke led the BU offence with 22 points and six rebounds, while Stephanie Haynes added 12 points and six boards.
The Bobcats closed out the event with a 66-52 loss to the host Wesmen on Sunday. Cooke had 18 points, while Kaela Cranston added nine points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 15, 2013