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MBB | Cascades find way to come back, stun Wesmen in playoff game

Narcisse Ambanza looks for teammates during a Canada West conference playoff game Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 in Abbotsford, B.C. (Dan Kinvig/UFV photo)
Narcisse Ambanza looks for teammates during a Canada West conference playoff game Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 in Abbotsford, B.C. (Dan Kinvig/UFV photo)

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — The Winnipeg Wesmen were moving on. And then, suddenly, they weren't. 

The Wesmen men's basketball team squandered a four-point lead in the final 17 seconds of regulation and went on to drop a 92-84 decision in overtime to the Fraser Valley Cascades in a Canada West playoff game Friday night.

The loss abruptly ends the Wesmen season while the Cascades move on to the conference quarter-final. 

The Wesmen, who led by 13 at the half but scored only four points in the third quarter, managed to wipe out a six-point deficit late in the fourth quarter.

After falling behind 71-65 with 3:33 to go, Winnipeg went on an 11-1 run over the next 3:16 to go up four. That's where things went south.

DJ Dixon missed the back end of a pair of free throws and UFV's Matt Cooley was fouled on the other end. Cooley made the first and missed the second, but the Wesmen surrendered an offensive rebound to once again give the Cascades possession with eight seconds left. On the next sequence, the Cascades missed two shots to tie but a loose ball found its way out to Jordyn Sekhon near the top of the key and he buried a three with less than five seconds to play to tie the game at 76.

"I thought Fraser Valley did a really good job of adjusting in the third quarter, forcing the tempo of the game to be a little bit more in their favour," Wesmen head coach Mike Raimbault said. "And I just thought they made more plays than we did to start the overtime."

Narcisse Ambanza had 19 points to lead five Wesmen in double figures. Donte Makazu had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Dixon added 15 and seven, Adam Benrabah chipped in 11 and Don Dayrit had 10.

The Wesmen played without fifth-year forward Billy Yaworsky, who was injured in practice earlier this week. 

The Cascades were led by Vick Toor's 19. 

The Wesmen shot 6-for-29 from three and 35.2 per cent from the field. UFV made just 10 of 35 threes, but were 3-for-7 in the fourth quarter. The Cascades shot 43.8 per cent from the floor overall.

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