Men's Basketball (League)
February 4, 2000
T.W.U. Spartans (56) at the University of Calgary (76)
Calgary Ruins Post-season Dreams for TWU
Calgary, Alberta - It was a must win situation for both teams and the University of Calgary was able to pull through in the clutch. The Trinity Western University men's basketball team traveled to Calgary in hopes of securing the last Canada West play-off position with a weekend sweep, but the Dinos put those dreams to sleep in the first night be coming out and defeating the Spartans 76-56.
After TWU jumped to a 15-2 start the Dinos climbed back to lead by 7 (37-30) at halftime. Calgary continued to roll in the second half. The Spartans cut the lead to 61-50 with 9 minutes remaining, but the Dinos were too strong down the stretch. The win improves Calgary to 5-12, two games ahead of TWU's 3-14 record, with only three games remaining in the regular season.
"We started fast and finished slow. We never made a serious run in the second half and couldn't stop Calgary from doing what they wanted. We just couldn't finish our shots down the stretch," noted Head Coach Stan Peters.
Calgary's Brad Gallup scored 17 points and the Spartan's Josh Hall equaled that mark in a losing effort. Gary Chapman tossed in 10 points for TWU. Calgary shot better all night, as they made 58% from the field and TWU struggled again, as they hit just 35% of their shots.
"Josh (Hall) and Gary (Chapman) played their hearts out. Everybody played hard and left their hearts on the floor, we just didn't finish," stated Peters.
The Spartans are mathematically still alive for the last position, but the loss to Calgary means they must win all three remaining games and have Calgary drops their last three. The Spartans will have one more crack at the Dinos on February 5 and then return home to host Alberta on February 11-12. Game time on the 5th will be 8:30 p.m.