Every night is an opportunity. With the the early part of the college season in the rear view mirror, teams are stepping up and trying to make a strong case for some key wins. Wednesday showcased a few Canadians that were either able to seize the opportunity at hand and lead there team to victory, or just simply let the game slip through their hands.
This marked Sim Bhullar’s (Toronto, ON) first game back after his career night (Is there any chance you can link “career night” to the other article I wrote?) New Mexico St beat their in state rivals, New Mexico 67-61 making it two wins in a row for the Aggies. Sim Bhullar put up a decent 7 points (3-7 FG, 1-1 FT) 6 rebounds, 2 assists and five blocks. Bhullar was in some foul trouble in the second half, picking up his third foul within the first five minutes. To add to his troubles he also had 5 turnovers. Teammate Daniel Mullings (Toronto, ON) scored 14 (4-14 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-6 FT), and had 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 1 block with only 1 turnover. Mullings was able to put together a very solid effort that included a game saving block with 34 seconds left in the second half. With 37 seconds left in the game and the Aggies with possession of the ball, and only up two points (61-59), teammate Kevin Aronis turned the ball over leading to a potential fast break lay up. It was a sure two points until Mullings was able to make a great game saving block conserving the 2 point lead. The rest of the game was a foul shooting contest with the Aggies coming out on top.
Ben Millaud-Meunier (Montreal, QC) was caught fire early. Millaud poured in 18 points (5-11 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-4 FT) and 5 assists (with only 1 turnover). Millaud was off to a quick starting in the first half drilling 4 three pointers in a row. His St Francis team led by as much as 12 points in the first half. However, Millaud did not have the same fire power in the second half, as his team (St. Francis) game up their early double digit lead losing 67 – 61 to Duquesne. The game marked the second time Millaud was able to hit double digits this season for his struggling (2 wins, 7 losses) St. Francis Red Flash.
St. Bonaventure Bonnies welcomed Matthew Wright (Toronto, ON) back from injury Wednesday. They seemed to be very cautious with the fourth year guard having him come off the bench (27 mins) opposed to his regular starting position (33 mins). He managed to score 9 points (4-12 FG, 1-5 3PT) adding 1 rebound and 1 assist. Wright showed a bit of rust as he commited 3 turnovers and missed his next 4 of his first 5 shots including a layup. The game was fairly close (51-50) until Wake Forrest was able to pull away with about 8 minutes left in the second half thanks to an 8 – 0 run (51-58). The Bonnies never recovered losing 62-77.
Nick Wiggins (Toronto, ON) scored 5 points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-2 FT) adding 1 block and 1 rebound as 11th ranked Wichita State remained undefeated pulling out a 72-67 victory over Alabama. Jahenns Manigat (Ottawa, ON) scored 8 points (2-6 FG, 1-5 3PT, 3-3 FT) had 2 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals as Creighton bullied AR-Pine Bluff 88-51.