SPARTANS HOST WOLFPACK


MEN’S BASKETBALL (CANADA WEST)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012
WEEKEND PREVIEW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPARTANS HOST WOLFPACK


LANGLEY, British Columbia
– This weekend the Trinity Western Spartans return home after three weeks on the road to host the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. Friday’s game tips off at 8 p.m., while Saturday’s is set for 7 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on Canadawest.TV. You can also follow the Spartans on Twitter @TWUSpartans or on YouTube at www.youtube/SpartansSID.

Trinity Western Spartans (8-7)
Last Weekend:  UFV 88-72 L
2011-2012 CIS Rank: N/A
2010-2011 CW Record: 21-3
2010-2011 CW Tournament: 3-2, 3rd
2010-2011 CIS Tournament: 2-1, 2nd


The Spartans team is fighting to qualify for the Canada West playoffs as they approach their last three games of the season. Trinity Western stands in fourth place in the Canada West Pacific division, two wins out of the third and final automatic Pacific playoff position. A fourth place finish will put the Spartans up against the fifth place Prairie division team for the wildcard berth.

Last weekend the Spartans played an important game against the University of the Fraser Valley at the Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre.  The Cascades currently hold the last playoff spot in their division, just ahead of the Spartans.  In the pivotal game, the Spartan made a valiant effort but ultimately fell in an 88-72 game.

The Spartans were slow to get going, and by the end of the first quarter they were down 19-7. This proved to be an insurmountable task for the Spartans, despite a comeback attempt in the last three quarters of the game. Trinity had a solid second quarter, followed by a third quarter when the Spartans outscored the Cascades 29-27. Despite this, Trinity Western was unable to make it a winning comeback, finishing the game with a loss.

Calvin Westbrook was the Spartan standout, as he scored 21 points for Trinity Western in the losing effort. Sean Peter and Niko Monachini were tied for most rebounds for the Spartans, as they grabbed four rebounds each.  

The Spartans struggled with rebounding, winning only 22 compared to Fraser Valley’s 34. They also gave up 15 turnovers while the Cascades allowed only nine.

The Spartans are now in the home stretch, and will play their final three games at home at the Langley Events Centre.

Thompson Rivers WolfPack (5-9)
Last Weekend: Alberta 77-69 L, Saskatchewan 92-55 L
2011-2012 CIS Rank: N/A
2010-2011 CW Record: 4-20
2010-2011 CW Tournament: N/A
2010-2011 CIS Tournament: N/A


Two weekends ago the WolfPack were defeated in two games in the prairies. The WolfPack are well back in the Canada West rankings and are not in a situation to challenge for a playoff position. In their last few games of the season, Thompson Rivers is playing for pride.

Thompson River first visited the University of Alberta on January 20 to play against the No. 10 Golden Bears. The Alberta team took the lead immediately after the tip off, but the determined WolfPack managed to take a narrow 15-13 lead by the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Golden Bears regained control and slowly began to pull away from their Thompson Rivers opponent.  For the rest of the game it was the WolfPack chasing the Bears. Thompson Rivers managed to come within striking distance a number of times, but the team was never able to retake the lead. By the final buzzer the WolfPack were behind, 77-69.

The WolfPack was led by Chas Kok, who earned 20 points in the loss, and Justin King’s 14 rebound, 17 point night.

The second WolfPack opponent of the weekend was the No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies. The Huskies never gave the WolfPack a chance, as Saskatchewan led from tip-off to buzzer. The WolfPack had a team high 12-point performance from Pribilsky, but he was the only TRU player to break into double digits. By the end of the game the WolfPack were subdued in a 92-55 loss to the Huskies.

This brings the WolfPack losing streak to five games as they gear up for the two game series against the Spartans. Two years ago the WolfPack split with the Spartans and proved to be spoilers as they kept the Spartans out of the post season.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2012-02-02
Author: Mark Janzen