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Wesmen hang on to beat Vikes in conference opener

Wesmen guard Narcisse Ambanza drives past Victoria's Jason Scully during first-half action Friday at the Duckworth Centre, Oct. 26, 2018. (Kelly Morton/Wesmen Athletics)
Wesmen guard Narcisse Ambanza drives past Victoria's Jason Scully during first-half action Friday at the Duckworth Centre, Oct. 26, 2018. (Kelly Morton/Wesmen Athletics)

WINNIPEG — Adam Benrabah had his biggest game in a Wesmen uniform and it came against a team made up of players he recognized from his days growing up.

The Surrey, B.C. native had 23 points and the Winnipeg Wesmen men's basketball team pulled off a 93-84 win over the Victoria Vikes Friday at the Duckworth Centre in the Canada West season-opener for both teams.

Sean Tarver added 22 points and Joseph Medrano had 22, including a big three-pointer with 51 seconds to play that stretched the lead to seven.

"We work day in and day out," Benrabah, a transfer from Algoma University said. "Coaches pushes us to the limit and that's exactly what we need. We really upped the intensity and we've really been able to get on each other, and our team's really good about getting on each other and that's the biggest thing."

The Wesmen led by as many as 14 in the first half, but a 13-2 Victoria run got the Vikes back in the game.

Jordan Charles had 19 points for the Vikes and Mason Loewen added 12.

"We just weren't good enough defensively all night to win a game, so that kinda summed it up," Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp said. "You can't give up that many points, and just too many offensive rebounds."

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