WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Bisons cruised to a 101-60 win over the Trinity Western Spartans in men's basketball action at Investors Group Athletic Centre on Friday.
The Bisons (6-9) crept their way higher in the standings after taking Friday's game over the Spartans (0-15).
With the victory, the Bisons have now won their last three straight games and are carrying momentum as they edge toward a playoff spot.
The Bisons commanded the game from the get-go. After the first, the Herd had a sizeable 25-13 lead. That lead grew to 54-29 heading into the half.
The Spartans seemed to struggle to get in a groove. Although they shot field goals at 38.6 per cen, they only had one offensive rebound throughout the course of the game.
Leading the way for the Spartans was Vartan Tanielian, who had 18 points. TWU's Ethan DaSilva (Calgary) took advantage of opportunities to drive to the basket, putting up a total 10 points, five assists, and five rebounds.
Bisons third-year guard Kieran Zziwa kicked it up a notch on Friday. So far this season, Zziwa has averaged 5.7 points per game. He nearly doubled that average in the first quarter, putting up 10 points. Zziwa went on to contribute 18 points and four assists. Twelve of his points were from beyond the arc.
A couple of the Bisons young guns also stepped up to the plate. Isaac Miller-Jose, the second-year forward hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, put up 20 points and added nine rebounds. Another second-year forward, Risto Zimbakov also contributed 12 points.
The rematch is Saturday at 5 p.m. (PT) at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.
• The series marks the first time since January 2017 the Spartans have faced Manitoba, when the Bisons won both games, 108-76 and 115-91.
• This marks the first time since 2014 the Spartans have travelled to Manitoba to play the Bisons. The Spartans lost both of those games, 84-56 and 96-78.
About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.