Kamram Dadi, Dinos Communications Assistant
CALGARY – The Dinos and Mount Royal Cougars clawed against each other for the second night of their Crowchild Classic series at the Jack Simpson Gym. In the battle for Calgary, the Dinos came out on top to win 109-92 and improve their regular season record to 7-1. The Cougars drop to 4-4.
The Dinos hit the hardwood energized as they quickly began an offensive and defensive onslaught against the Cougars. The Cougars would make a valiant effort to stay in the game but in the second half, the Dinos asserted their dominance to finish strong. The Dinos overall were more efficient in their field goal percentage (53.2%), three point percentage (47.8%), and had strong bench play with 46 points coming off the bench.
Thomas Cooper proved to be the top scorer on both nights of the Crowchild Classic and had an impressive stat line tonight. He scored 32 points on 9-20 field goals, 3-5 three pointers, and 11-12 free throws. David Kapinga, Mambi Diawara, Lars Schlueter, and Matt Ellis were standout players as well.
Cooper felt that his performance was a lot smoother tonight than the game on Thursday. He reflected on how it felt sluggish to take 19 shots at the free throw line in that game but tonight was different. He said, "Tonight I was able to hit some threes. Usually when I'm able to hit some threes outside, it opens up the drive for me..if I can hit a couple outside shots it usually opens up everything for myself and for my teammates as well."
Cooper was also confident about his team going into next year. He said, "We're planning on finishing [the season] without losing, to be honest. That's our goal. Just one game at a time, just keep working hard every single day, and the results should come in our favour as long as we keep continuing to work hard."
The Dinos will continue their regular season in 2017 against the Alberta Golden Bears on Jan. 5 and 7.