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Blazers Snuffed In MCAC Home Opener

The College Wesmen outscored CMU 27-8 in the fourth quarter to stun the Blazers on home court in their MCAC home-opener on Friday night. Third-year forward Mike Villaneuva led the way for Winnipeg, scoring 17 of his game-high 21 points in the final 20 minutes that included four lethal blows from long-range.

The young Blazers were led by Kelvin High School product Stephen Jones, who blocked, rebounded and scored CMU back into the game in the second and third quarter, cutting the deficit to as few as 4 points midway through the third-quarter and breathing life back into a CMU team that showed nervousness in the opening quarter. Jones scored 14 points for the home team, but shot only 4 for 13 from the free-throw line. Second-years Matt Koenig and Matej Juric chipped in 9 points for the Blazers, but both struggled to find consistency in their jump-shot.

Saturday’s meeting between the two city-rivals took place in University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre and though it was the Wesmen that again came out on top, the over-all CMU team-effort and drive seemed was a promising sign in a 62-60 loss.

The Blazers travel to Otterburne tonight for a mid-week battle with the Providence Freemen – a team that appears to be on the rise in MCAC men’s basketball this season. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 PM at Providence University College.







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