|Game Date: 8/30/2008||Location: Walnut Grove, BC|
|Game Time: 7:15 pm||Attendance: 330|
|Officials: Neil Donnelly, Warren Ponsak, Tanner Cervo|
Men's Basketball (NCAA pre-season)
Saturday, August 30, 2008
TWU Spartans (75) vs. the University of Tulsa Hurricanes (81)
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SPARTANS GIVE HURRICANES SCARE DOWN THE STRETCH
WALNUT GROVE, British Columbia - Trinity Western University's men's basketball team and forward Jacob Doerksen (3rd year, Abbotsford, B.C.), who dropped 36 point and pulled down 11 boards, gave the visiting University of Tulsa Hurricanes everything they could handle in Saturday night's contest a Walnut Grove Secondary in Walnut Grove, B.C. TWU fell 81-75, but not before they made it a two point contest in the final minute of play.
"We made some timely steals and had some great rebounding that gave us some second chance points, which was probably the difference in the fourth quarter," TWU head coach Scott Allen commented on the teams fourth quarter charge.
The Spartans trailed by 14 points going into the fourth quarter, but a strong push down the stretch got TWU to within seven points, trailing 77-70 with just under a minute remaining. The Spartans continued their push as Matt Myers (2nd year, guard, Tumwater, Wash.) hit a three point bucket to make it 77-73 with 40 seconds remaining. Four seconds later Daniel Horner (3rd year, guard, Abbotsford, B.C.) picked the ball off of Tulsa's point guard to go in uncontested and pull the Spartans to within a bucket, trailing 77-75 with 34 seconds remaining. Unfortunately it would be as close as TWU would get as Tulsa hit their foul shots down the stretch to secure the six point victory.
TWU matched Tulsa point-for-point in the first quarter as the two teams finished the first ten minutes tied at 21-21. But the middle 20 minutes of the contest proved to be the difference for TWU. Tulsa outscored TWU 23-13 in the second quarter to take a 44-34 half time lead. The Hurricanes then came out after the break and extended their lead to 64-50 to start the fourth quarter.
"We started well with our experienced players on the floor, but we struggled a little when we didn't have as many experienced players on the floor. It is something that we as coaches need to work on so that we don't get too many young guys on the floor at the same time. It is going to come together once everyone understands the systems that we are running," said Allen.
In addition to Doerksen the Spartans had strong performances from Jamie Vaughan (5th year, forward, Chilliwack, B.C.) who had 11 points and Myers who notched nine points. The Hurricanes were led by Ben Uzoh (San Antonio, Tex.) and Armond Battle (Plymouth, Minn.) who each had 14 points. "Every game that Jamie, Brian and Jacob get under their belts they will just get better and better. They just need to get in flow of the game, get their legs back and gain some confidence out there. Their enthusiasm for each other was contagious out there today," commented Allen on the year and a half lay-off between university games for Doerksen, Vaughan and Brian Banman (5th year, guard, Kelowna, B.C.).
Next up for the Spartans is the Colorado State University Rams on Monday, September 1. Game time at White Rock Christian Academy in White Rock, B.C. is set for 10:15 a.m.
Game Notes: In his two games as a Spartan Doerkson has poured in 62 points....His 36 points is five shy of the TWU record of 41, which was set by Adam Friesen against McMaster University in 2002...TWU finished with 14 turnovers to Tulsa's 24. "I was really proud of our point guards tonight," said Allen. They did a great job of handling the ball and limiting out turnovers."