Menís basketball battles hard till the end in close loss to Ambrose
Men‚Äôs basketball took on Ambrose College for their second game of the weekend in Margaret P. Reimer Memorial Gymnasium.
The game started off with both teams neck-to-neck making for an intense start. Both teams moved the ball around well and kept the energy high. The score stayed within 1 to 2 points of each other with the winning team switching multiple times. By the end of the first quarter Ambrose was leading 16-15.
Ambrose came into the second quarter reenergized and pulled ahead. Briercrest felt the pressure and called timeout at 19-29 for Ambrose. Briercrest continued to battle hard and made hard shots under the net. Briercrest ended the first half with great offensive and defensive plays to get the fans and players pumped. The first half ended with a score of 38-30 for Ambrose.
Briercrest came into the second half ready to battle. After a Briercrest timeout, they started to close the gap and put pressure on Ambrose. Briercrest started to move the ball around well and capitalize on their foul shots. The third quarter ended with a score of 51-47 for Ambrose.
The final quarter was filled with intensity and suspense. Briercrest carried their momentum over to the final quarter allowing them to close the gap. Ambrose called a timeout at 65-71 to regroup but Briercrest came back stronger. Briercrest took the lead once Colton Rayburn sunk a three-pointer. Ambrose then took a small lead causing Briercrest to call timeout at 77-76 with 21.2 seconds left. The gymnasium was roaring after every great play giving theplayers more energy. When the final buzzer rang, Ambrose was ahead with a score of 79-76 giving them the win.
Ethan DaSilva was awarded Player of the Game by men‚Äôs basketball chaplain, Cal McFarlane. DaSilva had game highs of 13 assists and four steals. DaSilva also had 5 rebounds, 14 points and one three-pointer. Zak Tamlin had game highs of 29 points and four three-pointers along with a team high of eight rebounds. Julian Apakoh, Josh Klassen and Jordan Keep each had a game high of one block.
Briercrest had 23-20 assists, 3-1 blocks, and 8-5 three-pointers. Ambrose had 45-42 rebounds and 18-8 steals.
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