It was a close game on Tuesday night when the two prairie teams went head to head, but it was the fifth-ranked Saskatchewan Rattlers that pulled a 99-96 win over the Winnipeg Sea Bears.
In front of a sold-out arena, the Sea Bears had an upsetting loss as Rattlers guard Justin Wright-Foreman sunk his fifth three-pointer of the night and brought them to the target score to win the game.
"I just had to get it done," says Wright-Foreman in a postgame interview. "That’s just simply how I thought about it – we came down, got some good looks at the basket...in my head, it was just time to go home."
Wright-Foreman, who is the top scorer in the CEBL, and Teddy Allen, who trails behind him, put on a show for the crowd. Allen put up a game-high 36 points and eight three-pointers, while Wright-Foreman scored 29 points.
"He’s been so efficient since the beginning of the season," says Sea Bears head coach Mike Taylor. "This is as a marked man...Teddy can really carry a team and we’re proud of his effort."
E.J. Anosike scored the second-highest amount of points for Winnipeg, with 25 points and nine rebounds.
The statistics show that the Sea Bears had fewer bench points than the Rattlers and fewer rebounds which contributed to their loss.
"I think our bench has been the best bench in the league, but today was not their day," says Taylor."They were outplayed. We have to get everyone ready to go, and that’s a credit to the Saskatchewan guys who came in with a lot of energy, defended and made the hustle plays."
Winnipeg took the lead early in the first period by nailing seven of their first eight field goals, including their first four three-pointers. But Wright-Foreman responded to help Saskatchewan take the lead.
The Sea Bears couldn't regain the lead but they manage to stay on top of their shooting enough to stay within a close range of their opponent.
By the fourth quarter, it could have been anyone's game as each team took turns sinking shots. But it was that three-pointer from the left side of the ring by Wright-Foreman that ended the game.
Winnipeg remains in first in the Western Conference and will look to get back in the win column on Friday night when they take on the Montréal Alliance at home.