Box Score

Scheduled Game: @British Columbia


UBC Thunderbirds413475« FINAL
TWU Spartans313768


Game Date: 10/17/2000Location: Langley, BC
Game Time: 6:00 pmAttendance: 0
Team Statistics
TeamGame Average
FG%UBC Thunderbirds
TWU Spartans
3FG%UBC Thunderbirds
TWU Spartans
FT%UBC Thunderbirds
TWU Spartans
UBC ThunderbirdsTWU Spartans
Turnover Pts00
Biggest Lead00
UBC Thunderbirds
10Courtney Kolla23:001/21/24/4000242217
22Adam Nicholson27:006/90/04/50440410016
50Pete Hodson32:007/121/45/50442304020
52Sherlan John30:004/70/03/41781312211
54Jason Maher33:002/51/14/5134032309
12Jama Mahlalela8:001/10/00/0033100002
20Tasso Kanavos3:000/00/00/0011000000
30Ben Sansburn12:001/10/01/2033010103
34Jarami Reid16:001/20/00/0000011302
42Pat McKay9:001/31/20/0000001003
44Brian Host7:000/00/02/2112040102
57.1%44.4%85.2% Team Rebs: 7 Total TO: 34
TWU Spartans
06David Martens35:001/80/52/5011134004
08Brian Redekop18:001/50/10/0000020202
12Scott Portman10:000/30/01/2000120201
22Ben Bauman17:001/60/01/4235130103
23Josh Hall31:007/114/52/22022433020
07Tyler Coston27:005/81/22/21341232013
10Alan Penner27:003/71/32/2224023209
14Malcolm Campbell23:000/60/16/6224120226
15Jason Reeve12:002/40/16/71122300010
34.5%33.3%73.3% Team Rebs: 5 Total TO: 16

Game Recap

Game Recap

Men's Basketball (Exhibition)
Tuesday, October 17, 2000
TWU Spartans (68) vs. University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (75)

Spartan Comeback Falls Short

Langley, British Columbia - The gas tank ran dry for the Trinity Western University men's basketball team on Tuesday night. The Spartans overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half, but they fell short of victory in their 75-68 loss to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

The game started out with the Thunderbirds in control. While the Spartans were struggling to hit their shots the Thunderbirds were making the most of their opportunities. UBC shot a sizzling 52.4% - 11/21 from the field and 94.7% - 18/19 from the free-throw line on their way to a 10 point half time lead, 41-31.

It looked like the night was over for the Spartans when UBC's Sherlan John (5th year forward, Campbell River, BC) hit a shot just 2 ½ minutes into the second half. The 2-point jumper gave the Thunderbirds their biggest lead of the game, 14 points, 45-31.

That's when the Spartans kicked it into high gear. The Spartans defensive intensity soared as they shut down the Thunderbirds at every turn, converting turnovers into points. In a 2 minute span, a game that looked like a blow out had turned into a slugfest. Between 16:30 and 14:20 the Spartans converted 5 steals into a 14-2 run, cutting UBC's lead to two points 47-45.

Three minutes later the Thunderbirds had rebounded and built their lead back up to 9 points, 54-45. Cue another Spartan comeback. With 6:43 to go TWU guard Josh Hall (4th year guard, Abbotsford, BC) pulled up off of the break and drained a 3 point shot to tie the game at 61-61.

"Our team will never give up and we will always fight our way back into the game, said TWU head coach Stan Peters. "We got back into the game because during those 15-16 minutes [at the end of the game] we executed our defensive system. We believed in it and we executed it."

The two teams exchanged field goals, Adam Nicholson (2nd year post, New Westminster, BC) for UBC and Brian Redekop (1st year forward, Abbotsford, BC) for TWU; to keep the teams tied at 63-63 with 3:42 to go in the game.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, it was all UBC down the stretch. In the final 3 minutes the Thunderbirds got quality scoring opportunities, while the Spartans were forced into turnovers and difficult shots. The clock ran out on the Spartan comeback with the Thunderbirds holding on to a 7-point victory.

"We didn't play with poise and execute down the stretch," said Peters. "But, we are a young team and that is something we are still learning to do. We are going to learn from what happened today and the next time we are in this situation our performance will be better."

Statistical leaders for the Thunderbirds were Pete Hodson (4th year guard, White Rock, BC) 20 points, 4 rebounds, Adam Nicholson 16 points, 4 rebounds and Sherlan John 11 points, 8 rebounds.

Statistical leaders for the Spartans were Josh Hall 20 points, Tyler Coston (2nd year guard, Blaine, WA) 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and Jason Reeve (1st year guard, Victoria, BC) 10 points.

Next up for the Spartans is the Edmonton Journal Invitational, October 19-21 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB.





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