|Game Date: 1/6/2001||Location: Langley, BC|
|Game Time: 8:00 pm||Attendance: 0|
Men's Basketball (League)
Saturday, January 6, 2001
TWU Spartans (80) vs. the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (77)
Spartans Continue to Roll
Langley, British Columbia - The Trinity Western University men's basketball team took their first weekend sweep in their young CIAU history with a 80-77 victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at TWU. But like most Saturday night games in Canada West tonight's game was not an easy victory for the Spartans.
After trailing 43-35 at the half, the Huskies started the second half determined not to get swept by the Spartans. Saskatchewan was rewarded with their intensity and with 11:00 to go they had pulled even with the Spartans, 55-55.
Trinity Western responded and with 5:30 remaining had built their lead back to 6 points, 67-61. But, the Huskies were not about to fold. They fought back to tie the game at 72-72 with 3:00 to go.
"We knew that Saskatchewan didn't want to go home 0-2," said TWU head coach Stan Peters. "We knew that we were in for a fight tonight."
With 1:30 left and the two teams sill tied 72-72, the Spartans pushed the ball inside to Malcolm Campbell (5th yr, C, Abbotsford, BC). Campbell missed his first attempt to give the Spartans the lead, but he quickly grabbed his rebound to put the Spartans up 74-72.
On the Huskies next possession the Spartans forced Saskatchewan into a 5 second violation with 1:10 to go. The Spartans ran the clock and looked for a shot to put the Huskies away.
Not to be denied, Saskatchewan 5th year point guard Ryan Leier (Saskatoon, SK) then stole the ball from the Spartans and gave the Huskies new life.
Ten seconds later Jamie Charlton (4th yr, G, Weyburn, SK) had tied the game at 74-74 after converting 2 foul shots. The foul cost TWU more then the lead, as 1st year forward Brian Redekop (Abbotsford, BC) had to leave the game.
TWU coach Stan Peters must have known something when he subbed in Al Penner (3rd yr, F, Abbotsford, BC) for Redekop. Because with 35 seconds to go Josh Hall (4th yr, G, Abbotsford, BC) attacked the Huskies basket and found Penner wide open for the easy basket.
Down 2 with :10 seconds to go, the Huskies went for the lead. Ryan Leier pulled up from just outside the 3 point line, but his shot rattled off of the rim.
Stepping up again, TWU's Al Penner went high for the rebound and was fouled from behind by Saskatchewan post Ian Ferguson (2nd yr, Edmonton, AB).
Penner then went to the other end of the floor and calmly sunk both foul shots to give the Spartans a 4 point lead, 78-74.
But in the CIAU a four point lead with :08 seconds to go is not a guaranteed win.
The Huskies pushed the ball up the floor to Seth Lang (3rd yr, G, Regina, SK) who nailed the 3 pointer with :02 seconds to go.
The Huskies immediately fouled TWU's Josh Hall. Hall sunk both shots putting the Spartans up 80-77.
Saskatchewan then threw the ball down the court in the hopes of a miracle. The ball deflected off of TWU's Dave Martens (2nd yr, G, Abbotsford, BC) into the hands of Lang, who was standing just outside the 3 point line.
The game ended as Lang's 3 point attempt fell short of its target.
"What I love about these guys is that even though we don't always follow our game plan to a ‘T', when the games on the line they find a way to win it," said Peters. "You can see it in their eyes, they are just not going to lose."
Leading the way for the Spartans were Josh Hall 16 points, 5 assists and Malcolm Campbell 14 points, 10 rebounds. While the Huskies were led by Calvin Palmer (4th yr, F, Saskatoon, SK) 20 points and Jamie Charlton 17 points.
The Spartans (6-6) have won their last 3 league games and are 6-1 over their last 7 games, including exhibition games. With the win the Spartans move into a 3 way tie for 3rd place in the Canada West Division of the CIAU. The loss drops the Huskies to 5-7 and 6th place in Canada West.
Next weekend the Spartans travel across town to face the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Game time on Friday and Saturday, January 12 & 13 is set for 8:00 PM.