VIDEO: NO. 8 RANKED SPARTANS HOST UNBEATEN REGINA THIS WEEKEND


MEN’S BASKETBALL (CANADA WEST)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
WEEKEND PREVIEW

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VIDEO: NO. 8 RANKED SPARTANS HOST UNBEATEN REGINA THIS WEEKEND

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western men’s basketball team (4-2) will host Regina (4-0) this weekend looking for its first win of the season on home court. The Spartans are coming off an impressive weekend sweep of Thompson Rivers on the road and will look to ride the momentum into Langley against a hot team from Regina.

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SPARTANS (4-2)
CIS Ranking: 8th
Canada West Standing: 4th (tied)
Last Week: TRU 97-57 W, 117-67 W
Streak: 2 Wins
2009-10 CW Record: 9-9 (5th, Pacific)
2010 CW Playoffs: N/A
2010 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CW Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
TWU Lifetime vs Regina: 6-9

The Trinity Western men’s basketball got its fourth win in as many road games last weekend as the Spartans knocked off Thompson Rivers in back-to-back games to improve to 4-2 on the season.

And for TWU, it was another offensive explosion, this time to the tune of 214 points, including a Spartans regulation time record of 117 points in Saturday’s 117-67 win. The 50-point triumph was also the largest margin of victory in Spartans history.

So, with the Spartans flying high offensively on the road, they’ll look to bring some offence back home as they face a Regina squad that is unbeaten in its first four games.

Through all six games, the Spartans are leading the league with 95.7 points per game and are fifth in the conference with 77.7 points against per game for a conference-high average margin of victory of 18.0 points per game.

As a team, the Spartans are hitting 47.1 per cent of their field goals (4th in CW) and 33.9 per cent of their three-point attempts (8th in CW).

Where TWU has really been dominating is on the boards. The Spartans are second in CW with 44.5 rebounds per game (Regina’s 50.0 per game leads the conference) and have only allowed the opposition to collect 30.0 rebounds per game (1st in CW).

The Spartans are also leading the conference in assists with 21.8 per game, with Tristan Smith leading with 5.5 per game (2nd in CW).

Individually, Jacob Doerksen is leading the team with 21.2 points per game (4th in CW), with Calvin Westbrook second with 14.2 points per game and Tyrell Mara third with 12.3 points per game. Doerksen is also second in the conference with a FG percentage of 69.4 per cent.

Mara and Doerksen are also at the top of the team’s rebounding list as the former has 8.8 boards per game (4th in CW) and the latter has 8.0 rebounds per game (5th in CW).

The Spartans do have the top two free throw shooters in CW in Kyle Coston (94.4 per cent) and Smith (92.9 per cent).
Trinity Western’s first ever Canada West win came over Regina 79-78 on Nov. 19, 1999 at home. Josh Hall led the way with 27 points while Coston’s brother, Tyler, had 12 points.
 

COUGARS (4-0)
CIS Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standing: 1st
Last Week: Lethbridge 94-85 W, 67-60 L
Streak: 4 Wins
2009-10 CW Record: 10-10 (3rd, Prairie)
2010 CW Playoffs: 1-2
2010 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CW Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
UBC Lifetime vs TWU: 9-6

The Regina Cougars have got off to a hot start this year with a pair of weekend home sweeps over Brandon and Lethbridge.

The Cougars now head out on the road for the first time this year to take on the Spartans in their first trip to Langley in nearly two years. The last time Regina played in Langley was Jan. 2, 2009 when the host Spartans won 84-65.

Through the first four games, the Cougars have been consistent at both ends of the court as they’ve averaged 85.0 points for per game offensively (tied for 3rd in CW) and allowed 74.2 points against per game (3rd in CW).

While Regina has posted an impressive 85 points per game, it’s been the defence that has been the Cougars strength. They have only allowed the opposition to shoot a CW leading 36.8 per cent from the field and 25.0 per cent from three-point range.

Conversely, Regina’s offence is 10th in CW in FG percentage (40.0 per cent), 12th in three-point percentage (26.4 per cent) and 12th in free throw percentage (65.3 per cent).

The Cougars also lead the conference in rebounding, as they’ve pulled down 50.0 boards per game, and are tied for first in steals with 10.5 per game.

Third-year Paul Gareau leads the team with 16.8 points per game while Kris Heshka is second with 12.8 points per game. Heshka is also the team rebounding leader with 7.8 per game (7th in CW) but is closely followed by Gareau (7.5 per game) and Marek Downarowicz (7.3 per game).

That threesome also is amongst the league-leaders in steals as Heshka and Downarowicz each have 2.5 per game (tied for 5th in CW) and Gareau has 2.3 (10th in CW).

Heshka also has 1.3 blocks per game (tied for 3rd in CW) and Gareau has 1.0 per game (tied for 5th in CW).

Also to Regina’s advantage will be the fact that it will have last year’s leading scorer Jeff Lukomski back full-time after the football playing dual sport athlete saw his gridiron team’s season end with a playoff loss to Calgary last weekend.

-TW-

 

Last Updated: 2010-11-10
Author: Mark Janzen