WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons (1-0) outscored the UBCO Heat (0-1) (20-8) in the second quarter and didn't look back, winning (86-58) on Friday night at Investors Group Athletic Centre.
Center Owen Keyes made his return to the Heat lineup on Friday night following a season off and finished with a team-high 14 points to go with six boards.
Manitoba got 18 points off of turnovers in the second quarter alone and had 28 overall in a defensive showcase. Rashawn Browne led the way offensively for Manitoba with 18 points while James Wagner had a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds for Manitoba.
UBCO would shoot just 27% from the field on Friday night, including 19% from behind the arc (5-of-26).
Forward Isaac Miller-Jose came off the bench for Manitoba with five minutes to play in the first period, taking over in a game that at the time was a two-score contest. He had eight points including a few massive dunks as the Bisons opened up a (28-15) lead.
Aggressive defence was the name of the game in the second period for the hosts, as they took a (48-23) lead into the half. Zimbakov was key, with three steals while Browne added eight points.
Heat guard Philip Okanlawon kept his team in the contest in the third period, nailing two treys while totalling eight points. But Manitoba answered every shot, taking a (72-38) lead into the final ten minutes of play while also adding four more steals.
Forward Joel Add-Quaye made an impact off the bench, adding five points including a three-pointer while Zziwa chipped in eight, along with two steals.
Both squads will be back at it tomorrow for the rematch, with tip slated for 5 p.m. PST at the Investors Group Athletic Centre and on canadawest.tv presented by Co-op.
~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Mike Still, Bison Sports