LANGLEY, British Columbia - The No. 7 ranked Spartans are off to the basketball program’s best ever start to a Canada West season in the school’s 12-year history. After 14 games, Trinity Western heads into the break with a 12-2 record, which includes a 10-game winning streak they will carry into the holiday season.

“We’re hitting our stride and starting to develop strengths in the areas of spacing, knowing where teammates are and their tendencies and also trusting one another,” said TWU coach Scott Allen. “It’s a team that wants to be better and is seeing the benefits of sacrificing its own tendencies for the sake of the team.”

After losing back-to-back games to UBC at home in the second weekend of the year, Trinity Western has gone on a dominating 10-game points barrage that has them scoring 97.0 points per game and winning each contest by an average of more than 26 points.

And other than the two-game blip against the visiting Thunderbirds, high scoring victories have pretty much been the tale to the fall tape.

In their opening game of the year on the road against Lethbridge, the Spartans set the school record for most points in regulation with a 116-79 win over the Pronghorns, while also setting the school mark for most points in a quarter with 40. But then, two weeks later, TWU broke the most points in regulation record again, this time with a 117-67 win over Thompson River that also included setting the school record for most field goals made in a game, with 43,

Then, in the last game of the fall semester, the Spartans Jacob Doerksen broke the individual school records for points in a game with 42 and most field goals made with 16 in a 114-89 win over Fraser Valley. In the win, the team also set the record for 3-point field goals made with 20.

Through their Spartans 14-game fall slate, they are leading Canada West in scoring (95.0 points per game), scoring margin (+19.9), defensive field goal percentage (39.2 per cent), rebounding (43.4 per game), opposition rebounding (28.6 per game), rebounding margin (+14.9), defensive rebounds (30.0 per game) and assists (20.2 per game).

As a team, TWU is second in 3-point shooting percentage, hitting 38.5 per cent of its attempts. The Spartans are also third in both defence, allowing just 75.1 points per game, and FG percentage, with 48.3 per cent and.

Doerksen is leading the team in scoring with 22.3 points per game (2nd in CW), while Calvin Westbrook is second on the team 15.1 points per game (15th in CW) and Tyrell Mara is third with 11.7 (29th in CW). Doerksen is also leading the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 66.8 percent on 184 attempts.  Mara is leading the team in rebounds with 8.6 per game (6th in CW) while Doerksen is second with 7.8 per game (10th in CW).


While TWU has got off to a hot start, the fact they have already played the four worst teams in the conference is not lost on the Spartans. Starting with Victoria on the road Jan. 7-8, TWU has a tough second-half schedule that also includes travelling to Calgary for a series Jan. 21-22, before hosting the defending CIS champion Saskatchewan Huskies Jan. 28-29.The Spartans then play Brandon at home before closing the regular season on the road against Manitoba.


Last Updated: 2010-12-15
Author: Mark Janzen