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MBB | Late looks don't drop as Wesmen fall to Bears

Narcisse Ambanza finished with 23 points in a loss at Alberta Saturday night. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)
Narcisse Ambanza finished with 23 points in a loss at Alberta Saturday night. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)

EDMONTON — Narcisse Ambanza had a team-high 23 points but the Wesmen men's basketball team fell short on the road Saturday night. 

Ambanza added four rebounds, a block and an assist in the Wesmen men's basketball team's 68-65 loss to the Alberta Golden Bears.

Ambanza and Adam Benrabah both had looks at late threes with the Bears clinging to a three-point lead. With Alberta up 65-62 with under a minute to play, Ambanza's first three didn't drop and, after a Winnipeg offensive rebound, Benrabah appeared to be fouled on his three-point attempt but did not get a call. The Bears went down and hit two free throws to up the lead to five. Ambanza, on the next possession, hit a quick three and the Wesmen fouled right away. Cole Knudsen hit one of two free throws for the Bears on the other end and Ambanza's last-gasp three with two seconds left rimmed out.

Billy Yaworsky had 10 points and nine rebounds for Winnipeg (2-2).

The Wesmen were 5-for-31 from three and shot 37.9 per cent from the field. The Wesmen also shot 10-for-22 from the free-throw line.

Knudsen and Dwan Williams had 12 points apiece to lead Alberta (4-0), which also got 10 points from Ivan Ikomey. 

The Wesmen take to the road next weekend for a pair of games at Regina. 

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