The Winnipeg Sea Bears set a precedent in their debut season by sweeping the Vancouver Bandits throughout the regular season, and Teddy Allen played a big part in their latest win.
Teddy "Buckets" Allen had another incredible game on Sunday at Langley Events Centre against the west-coast team with a game-high 34 points. He also snagged a double-double with a team-best 13 rebounds to go along with four assists and four steals.
"[Allen] is talented and he takes the pressure off a lot of our other guys. Whenever we need a bucket, whenever we need a play – he's there to ready be a threat," says Sea Bears head coach Mike Taylor.
E.J. Anosike was also a force to be reckoned with at yesterday's game by also finishing the game with a double-double. He scored 12 points—including the game-winning dunk—and grabbed 10 boards.
Glen Yang and A.J. Hess both showed to be key contributors to the Sea Bears' win. Yang scored 15 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. Meanwhile, Hess showed his talent in long-range shots, shooting 16 points from the deep.
"We really kept our energy level defensively consistent," says Taylor. "We didn't really shoot the ball well throughout the game...but the guys found a way today."
The Bandits gave up 18 offensive rebounds in the loss and turned the ball over 18 times. Both teams struggled from the field, with neither exceeding 33 per cent.
The Sea Bears came out of the gate early, with Allen and Hess sinking a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter. Though the Bandits kept hot on their tails, the Winnipeg team didn't lose the lead.
It wasn't until the third quarter when both teams struggled to maintain consistent scoring and exchanged the lead four times, but it was Winnipeg that finished strong. They went on a 14-2 run to match their largest lead of the night at the time and take a 67-54 advantage into the final frame.
Winnipeg went 80-66 going into target score time.
With a bucket from Allen, a three from Hess and a slam dunk from Anosike to earn a Sea Bears win.
Winnipeg hopes to earn a win in their home game against the Edmonton Stingers, or for a Calgary Surge loss to claim first place in the Western Conference looking toward the CEBL layoffs.
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