Caronport, SK. February 8th saw the Briercrest Clippers Men's basketball team hosting the Ambrose University Lions.
The Clippers were looking to get a win coming off a close defeat the night before. Briercrest came out strong and got out to an early 9-0 lead. With the score at 12-5 the Lions took a timeout. After the break, Ambrose got rolling on offence and cut the clippers lead to 1 with the score now 18-17 in the final minutes. The game went into the second quarter tied at 21.
In the second quarter, Ambrose got ahead 28-23 which lead to a Briercrest timeout. The teams went back and forth out of the break and the score was now 34-30 entering the final two minutes of the half. Ambrose closed the quarter strong and took a 42-33 lead into the half.
Starting the third quarter, the Lions opened on a 10-2 run and pushed their lead to 17. With the score now at 57-39, the Clippers took a timeout. Out of the timeout, Briercrest hit a pair of threes but Ambrose kept pushing offensively and led by 24.
Entering the fourth down 76-52, Briercrest came out on a 9-0 run which lead to an Ambrose timeout. Out of the timeout, the Lions were strong from deep hitting multiple three-pointers in a row and leading 90-67 with four minutes left in the game. For the remainder of the game, the Lions played strong and took home a 97-79 win.
The player of the game awards were presented by Andrew Quiring, Briercrest men's basketball alumni and former assistant coach. For the Lions, the award went to #14 Isaac Amzing, who had 14 points and 5 rebounds. For Briercrest it went to #7 Brolin Simes, who recorded 18 points and 2 steals.
After the game, Simes had this to say: "It was a battle today, these past two games have both been. We just gotta prepare this week in practice and come out and play our best next weekend."
The Clippers' next games are February 21st and 22nd against Lethbridge College.