Lucas Mannes and Calgary Dinos win Canada West basketball championship

The Chilliwack native helped the Dinos beat the UBC Thunderbirds for their second straight title

For the second time in his university basketball career, Lucas Mannes is a Canada West champion.

Mannes helped his Calgary Dinos to a 90-75 home-court win over the UBC Thunderbirds Saturday.

The GW Graham grad played 28 minutes off the bench, generating nine points on four-of-nine shooting from the field.

The fifth year guard drained one three point shot and pulled down two rebounds, adding one assist and three steals.

It’s the seventh Canada West title in school history and the Dinos now travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia for next week’s U-Sports Final 8 tournament.

Calgary has yet to lose this season. Combining regular season and playoff matches they are 25-0.

“They’re a great bunch and they definitely deserve what they’ve achieved,” said Calgary coach Dan Vanhooren, the 2019 Canada West coach of the year. “They’ve worked so hard. They’re easy to coach now. Before I had a lot more coaching to do and right now I just enjoying watching them play.”

The Dinos head into the tournament as defending champs.

UBC joins them in a field that includes the St. Mary’s Huskies, Alberta Golden Bears, Concordia Stingers, Ryerson Rams, Carleton Ravens and host Dalhousie Tigers.

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