The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are into the win column for the second time in the Canada West men's basketball league. The WolfPack downed the visiting University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat 78-75 on the Warner Rentals court on Friday (Nov 25).
In a battle of a pair of previously 1-5 clubs, the WolfPack were down 38-36 to the Heat but outscored them 21-14 in the final quarter en route to the victory. Derek Rhodes (3rd year, guard, Antioch, CA, USA) led the way with 25 points. Aldrich Berrios ( 3rd year, guard, Burnaby, BC) had 27 in a losing cause for UBCO.
Derek Rhodes: 25 points, 4 assists 36 minutes
Volodymyr Iegorov: 20 points, 9 rebounds (7 on defence), 6 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 35 minutes
Jeff Tubbs: 11 points, 3 assists in 25 minutes.
Aldrich Berrios: 27 points, 9 rebounds (all defence), 37 minutes
Buzz Truss: 16 points, 4 rebounds (3 on offense), 4 assists,RECORDS:
Mitch Goodwin: 14 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assists 35 minutes
UBCO 14 TRU 8
SCORING BY PERIOD:
UBCO: 17 21 23 14 75
TRU 21 15 21 21 78
TRU 2-5 UBCO 1-6
TRU head coach Scott Clark:
On the Contest:
"Guys played well in the fourth and do a little bit better on the glass. That was the difference. I thought Madhu (McConnell, 1st year, guard, Victoria, BC) did a good job coming in defensively. (McConnell had 15 minutes on the court, two defensive rebounds and three points)."
UBCO head coach Peter Guarasci :
On the Game:
"I thought for at least three and a half quarters we shared the ball very well on offense. We found a lot of good shots against them. We defended reasonably well without fouling. We stuck to our scouting of personnel. We let the game slip away. We had a nice 10 point lead and started to lose track of a couple of guys in transition. We got away from our scouting report and started to shoot high difficulty shots on offense."
The two teams will play again at the Tournament Capital Centre tomorrow (Sat Nov 26). Tip off is 7 pm. It is the WolfPack's final home game before the Christmas Holiday.
Next week: TRU will close things out in Prince George against the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves (Dec 3-4). UBCO will visit UBC (Dec 3-4).
Those games can be seen on www.CanadawestTV on a pay-per-view basis.
OF NOTE: The TRU Bookstore/McDonalds "Leader of the Pack" player of the game was: McConnell.