With their CIS counterparts locked in dramatic battles to close their season, the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen had their own tight finish in Week 17 – and also managed to come out on top.
At home on Feb. 3 against Canadian Mennonite University, the College Wesmen pulled out a 72-68 win. The win locked in their #2 seed in the conference, mostly thanks to a clutch shot late from guard Mike Villanueva.
The third-year six-footer scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, including 2-for-4 from three-point range. More importantly, though, with his team down two with seven seconds left, he knocked down a three – putting the College Wesmen up one. Finishing it by making three free throws in the final moments, Villanueva sealed the win and the seeding.
“Mike is one of those players who wants to take the big shot,” said College Wesmen head coach Grant Richter. “When the game is on the line, we want the ball in Mike’s hands.”
With the Basketball Final 4’s quickly approaching, the 6-4 College Wesmen will look once again to topple the mighty Red River Rebels – who are headed into the tournament with an undefeated record.
The 22-year-old Villanueva is a graduate of Sisler High School, and is studying in the faculty of arts and science.