By Mark Janzen, Trinity Western University
LANGLEY, B.C. – Calgary tallied 33 second-quarter points to blow open a close contest before building a 20-point lead en route to a convincing 103-82 win over Trinity Western Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
With a 10-point lead at the break, the Dinos extended their advantage to 15 points after piling up 34 points in the third quarter. Calgary's lead was never challenged as the Dinos held off TWU in the final frame.
TWU's Pogos Trunyan (Sacramento, Calif.) had a career-high 33 points, but it wasn't enough against a Calgary side that had four players in double digits in scoring. Trunyan's previous career-high was 29 points, which he scored Dec. 3, 2016 against Lethbridge. Trunyan finished the night eight for 13. Vartan Tanielian (White Rock, B.C.) had a team-high eight rebounds to go with nine points.
Mambi Diawara led the Dinos with 21 points, while Lars Schlueter and Mason Foreman each had 15 points. Lucas Mannes, who is a former Spartan, had 14 points in his first game back at the LEC.
The Dinos dominated in the paint, outscoring TWU 34-8, while also committing just 12 turnovers compared the Spartans 26.
Calgary struggled from the field in the early stages, shooting just 25 per cent (5-20) and the Spartans took advantage, opening an 18-12 lead through 10 minutes.
However, the game tilted Calgary's way as the visitors outscored TWU 33-17 in the second quarter while shooting 55 per cent (11-20). The Spartans were six for 13 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes, but still trailed by 10 points at halftime.
Both teams shot well in the third quarter, with TWU putting up 29 points on 66.7 per cent shooting (10-15). But it was the Dinos extending their lead to 15 points thanks in part of nine points from Foreman.
Calgary tallied another 24 points in the final frame to secure the win.
TWU Head Coach Aaron Muhic
"Putting the turnovers aside and the transition defence aside, I really thought our guys came to play and had the right attitude. We just need to squeeze the ball a bit better and play a little bit better defence and that'll be our focus moving forward. We were really focused on controlling tempo in the first quarter and in the second quarter we threw the ball away and it's hard to control tempo when that happens.
"Pogos shot the heck out of the ball and it was an amazing display. I'm pretty sure we'll see more of that down the stretch."
• TWU finished the night shooting 46 per cent (29-63), while Calgary shot just 43.5 per cent (37-85).
• Calgary had a 45-41 edge on the glass.
The teams play the rematch Saturday at 7 p.m. (PT) at the LEC.