|Game Date: 1/13/2001||Location: Vancouver, BC|
|Game Time: 8:00 pm||Attendance: 0|
Saturday, January 13, 2001
TWU Spartans (66) at the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (81)
Spartans Get Weekend Wake-up Call
Vancouver, British Columbia - The Trinity Western University men's basketball team found out that there is a big difference between chasing the leaders and being chased.
The Spartans went into this weekend's games with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds tied for 3rd place in the Canada West standings. The 6-6 Spartans had hopes of moving up in the standings while increasing their lead on the 4-8 Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds entered the weekend determined not to be left behind in the battle for the play-offs.
Forty-eight hours later, after the dust had settled, the Thunderbirds had followed up Friday's 55-45 win with an 81-66 win Saturday and had swept the weekend series to pull even with the Spartans at 6-8.
"We have never been in a position of playing above .500 ball before and we didn't respond well to all the positive press," said TWU head coach Stan Peters. "We play better as an unknown, but this is a learning step that we have to go through. We have to learn how to play as known commodity."
The Spartans and Thunderbirds battled hard for the entire game Saturday night. At the end of 20 minutes UBC held a slim 4 point lead, 32-28 on the Spartans.
Led by Tyler Coston's (2nd yr, G, Blaine, WA) 25 pts (6/8-3pt) the Spartans shot 53% in the second half and had hopes of splitting the weekend series with the T-birds.
"Tyler had an unbelievable game," said Peters. "He really shot the ball well tonight."
Unfortunately for the Spartans, UBC was even hotter. Courtney Kolla's 21 points (5/7-3pt) helped the Thunderbirds shot 68% from the field in the second half.
"It's a disappointing loss," said Peters. "We played really hard and fought like crazy. But didn't play consistently enough to win the game."
The Spartans were led by Coston 25 points and Josh Hall (4th yr, G, Abbotsford, BC) 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. The Thunderbirds were led by Kolla 21 points and Ben Sansburn 17 points, 6 rebounds.
The Spartans now travel to the University of Regina to face the Cougars on January 19 and 20.