Calgary, AB – The Mount Royal Cougars snapped their six-game losing streak, defeating the UNBC Timberwolves 88-73 Saturday night on Kenyon Court. James Lefebvre (MRU) and Rhys Elliot (UNBC) both had a game-high 24 points on the night.
Mount Royal had something to prove after their late-game loss to UNBC on Friday night. They came out blazing from the field, running out to a 10-2 lead to start the game. James Lefebvre, Brett Layton and Derek Wolf moved the ball exceptionally, spreading the wealth around to every player on the court.
Late in the quarter it was the young players who took over for Mount Royal. Second year guard Glen Yang looked very comfortable handling the ball and was driving and dishing with impunity. The Cougars marched out to a 24-13 lead after one quarter.
Yang was at it again in the second spreading the ball all over the floor to increase the Cougars' lead to double-digits. The focus on Yang grew and it allowed Derek Wolf to sneak into the corner and hit a deep three. Mount Royal took a sizeable 50-38 lead into halftime.
Scoring was at a premium to start the second half, as both teams were ice cold to start the half. Mount Royal turned the ball over early and often and UNBC capitalized. The Timberwolves scored 18 to Mount Royal's 11 points and closed the gap to just five heading into the final quarter.
UNBC cut the lead to one point just three minutes in the final quarter and Mount Royal looked to be reeling. Off a missed rebound by Derek Wolf, UNBC grabbed the ball and laid it in to tie the game at 69.
Mount Royal held a 74-71 lead before Tyis Yellow Horn forced a 24 second violation, giving the Cougars the ball back. Yellow Horn then turned around and buried a three-pointer with the defender all over him, putting Mount Royal up 80-72. The Cougars pulled away late, winning by a final score of 88-73.
The Cougars snapped their six-game slide improving to 2-6 on the season. UNBC drops to 3-5 heading into the holiday break.
The Cougars will start the second half of the season on Friday Jan. 8 when they travel to Fraser Valley.
The Timberwolves will also begin on Jan. 8 when they will host to the MacEwan.