ABBOTSFORD — “We have some work to do”.
That is how the coach of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team describes their situation after dropping both ends of a Canada West series this weekend (Feb 12-13). The WolfPack lost twice in their final road swing of the regular season at the hands of the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades.
On Saturday (Feb 13), the score was 67-62.
“We played better but we didn’t shoot well,” TRU head coach Scott Clark continued when asked about the game. “We played well enough to give ourselves a chance to win. But we have some things to clean up.”
He added: “Fraser Valley is a good team. What we saw this weekend was playoff basketball. We need to make the easy layups and free throws in order to win. We didn’t do that. We shot only 18 per cent in the third quarter. It is tough to win with those stats.”
The Cascades led 18-11 after the first quarter. TRU outscored Fraser Valley 17-12 in the second quarter but trailed 30-28 at the half. The ‘Pack did go on a bit of a run in the fourth quarter and outscored UFV 22-19.
Fraser Valley had three players score over 10 points led by Kevon Parchment with 20. Vijay Dhillon added 17 with Manny Dulay contributing 11. Nevjot Bains added 10 rebounds.
TRU’s main gunner was Josh Wolfram (5th year, forward, Kamloops, BC). He had 16 points and 15 rebounds (12 on the defensive glass). Volodymyr Iegorov (4thyear, forward, Donetsk, Ukraine) added 12 points and 10 boards while Reese Pribilsky (5th year, guard, Victoria, BC) chipped in with 10 points and seven assists.
The WolfPack return home to close out the regular season next weekend (Feb 19-20) when the University of British Columbia Okangan Heat pay a visit to the Warner Rentals Court. On Saturday (Feb 20), TRU will honor their three fifth year players: Wolfram, Pribilsky and Gerard Gore (forward, St. John’s Antiqua). Friday’ night (Feb 19)’s match up has an 8 pm tip off at the Tournament Capital Centre.
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