Strong second half helps propel Griffins past WolfPack in MBB

By Larry Read - Athletics
October 29, 2017 - 8:52am

KAMLOOPS — The MacEwan University Griffins scored 47 points in the second half: a lot from outside the ‘arc’ as they spilt their weekend series with the hometown Thompson University WolfPack in Canada West men’s basketball action.  On Saturday (Oct 28), the Griffins came away with a 13 point victory-86-73.

The ‘Pack were up 42-39 at the half.

SYNOPSIS

The game was close for the most part until the Griffins opened a 10 point lead in the dying minutes.  MacEwan had five players in double figures led by Deonte Doslov-Doctor with 19 points.  Adonis Monfort-Palomino chipped in with 15 points.

The WolfPack had four players in double figures. Luke Morris-the “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack” player of the game had 18 points and eight boards. Mike Rouault had a double double with 11 rebounds (10 defensively) and 10 points.  He added three assists and a block.

KEY STATS:

Thompson Rivers :

Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission,BC): 18 points  8 rebounds (7 on def) 1 assist 1 steal in 36 min

Derek Rhodes (4th year, forward,Antioch, CA): 15 points in 33 minutes

Mike Rouault (3rd year, guard, Vernon, BC): 10 points 11 rebounds (10 on def), 3 assists 1 block in 30 mins

Joe Davis (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) 11 points  3 rebounds (2 on def)  3 assists in 22 mins

MacEwan:

Deonte Doslov-Doctor (3rd year, guard, Edmonton, AB): 19 points 2 rebounds 2 assists 3 steals in 21 mins

Adonis Monfort-palomino (3rd year, guard, Calgary, AB):15 points  5 rebounds (3 def) 9 assists 2 steals 35 min

Ryan Coleman (5th year, forward, Edmonton, AB): 14 points 2 assists 1 steal in 20 mins

Jake Notice (1st year, Wing, Bath, UK) 112 points 6 rebounds (5 def) in 27 mins

Atlas St. Paul-Butler (2nd year, forward, Victoria, BC): 11 points 4 rebounds 1 assist in 18 mins

Turnovers:

MacEwan:  11   TRU:  14

Score by Periods:

TRU               23   19   18   13  -73

MacEwan:    20   19   22   25   86

RECORD:

TRU:   1-1            MacEwan: 1-1

QUOTES:

TRU head coach Scott Clark (fifth season):

On the Contest: “They made some shots but also I didn’t think we fulfilled our defensive responsibilities and assignments. That is good enough to get you beat. MacEwan was better than us today and the score showed that.”

Video of post game interview:

MacEwan Head Coach Eric Magdanz (sixth season):

On changes made from Friday to Saturday: “I think it was our general effort and energy to do small things. We really emphasized wanting to win the rebounding battle. We had so many extra efforts to put us in a position to do that. We held them to three offensive rebounds after giving up 17 the night before.

On their improved three point shooting (15-37):”It was one of our keys too. We had to catch the ball ready to shoot every single time. We recognize that people are going to challenge us to see if we could make shots. The first way to challenge them is be ready to shoot.”

UP NEXT:

The  WolfPack will travel north to Prince George, BC next weekend for a two game set against the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves  Saturday and Sunday(Nov 4-5).

The Griffins will have their home opener as they entertain the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on Friday and Saturday (Nov 3-4).

Next home game for Thompson Rivers will be Friday November 17th on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre when they entertain Lethbridge. That game will be webcast starting at 7:50 pm on www.Canadawest.tv with Jamie Shinkewski ,Luke Kieper and Kashara Atkins providing interviews.

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