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MEN’S BASKETBALL (PRE-SEASON)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2009
TWU SPARTANS (68) VS THE UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO WARRIORS (47)
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SPARTANS WIRE TO WIRE WIN
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Led by CIS Player of the Year Jacob Doerksen’s (Abbotsford, B.C.) with 20 points and eight rebounds the Trinity Western University men’s basketball team opened their 2009-10 preseason by defeating the visiting University of Waterloo Warriors 68-47 in a non-conference match-up Thursday night at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans, who led from start to finish, earn their first win of the year, while the Warriors are handed their first loss of the year and drop to 3-1.
“The fourth and fifth year players had something to prove and wanted to make a statement on who we were going to be this year. So it was good to see us starting with a bang,” commented TWU head coach Scott Allen.
Trinity Western, in their opening game at the LEC, had their offence clicking and defence smothering and before the Warriors could get settled they were trailing 11-0 after three minutes of play. Waterloo settled into the game as the quarter progressed, but still found themselves trailing by 14 points, 23-9, at the end of the first quarter.
The Warriors had a better start to the second quarter and after a layup by guard Jesse Tipping (Orangeville, Ont.) three minutes in they had cut the margin to seven points, 25-19 with a 10-2 run. Unfortunately for the Warriors it was as close as they would get for the remainder of the contest. TWU’s Jason Keegstra (Vernon, B.C.) took over and with seven points in the quarter sparked the Spartans to a 35-24 half time lead.
“We got a little complacent in the second quarter and Waterloo was working hard to get back in the game and we were just riding the lead and taking it a little too easy,” commented Allen on his teams lull in the second quarter. “We also had the bench playing a lot and the young guys have some learning to do and their growth curve will be huge.”
The third quarter had the teams exchange buckets as TWU maintained their 10 point margin and led 49-39 with ten minutes to go in the game.
The road weary Warriors did not have much left in the fourth quarter as the Spartans built their lead to a game high 21 points, 68-47, at the final buzzer.
Also contributing for the Spartans were forward Jason Keegstra with 13 points and five rebounds, forward Lance Verhoeff (Calgary) with 10 points and 10 rebounds and guard Calvin Westbrook (Courtney, B.C.) with 11 points.
Guard Jesse Tipping with 10 points and eight rebounds, forward Ben Frisby (Vancouver) with nine points, four rebounds and four assists and guard Luke Kieswetter (Waterloo, Ont.) with seven points and eight rebounds led the Warriors.
Next up for the Spartans is their annual match with their Alumni tomorrow night. Tip-off at the LEC is set for 8 p.m. While the Warriors will continue their three game west coast swing tomorrow night on top of Burnaby Mountain against the SFU Clan.
Game Notes: TWU had 29 points off of Waterloo turnovers, 13 of which came in the opening quarter…the Warriors finished with 23 turnovers to the Spartans 14…TWU also had the edge in rebounding 46-36 and assists 16-11…the Spartans shot 36% FG (23-64), 38% 3PT (8-21) and 70% FT (14-20), while the Warriors shot 35% FG (19-54), 30% 3PT (6-20) and 21% FT (3-14)…TWU has won three straight against Waterloo and is now 3-2 against the Warriors…Waterloo’s previous wins were 80-57 over Manitoba, 80-54 over Acadia and 61-56 over Toronto…last year Waterloo finished fifth in the OUA West at 10-12, while TWU finished third in Canada West…
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