KAMLOOPS, BC —The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men came close but not close enough to knocking off the unbeaten University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in Canada West men’s basketball action on Saturday (Nov 18)
The Pronghorns were outscored 27-21 in the final quarter but managed to hold on for an 82-74 win over the WolfPack on the Warner Rentals Court.
TRU falls to 2-6 on the year. Lethbridge is unbeaten in eight.
TRU trailed by six after the first quarter (21-15) and were down 46-35 at the half. Lethbridge had four players in double figures led by Saren Westrop with 24.
The WolfPack’s top gunner was rookie Tyus De Vries with 20. He was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” Player of the game.
Thompson Rivers :
Tyus De Vries (1st year, guard, Chilliwack, BC): 20 points, 4 rebounds (3 def), 3 steals: 28 mins
Derek Rhodes (4th year, forward, Antioch, CA): 19 points, 5 rebounds (all def), 2 assists: 39 mins
Joe Davis (3rd year forward, Kamloops,BC) : 15 points, 10 rebounds (6 off), 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals; 29 mins
Mike Rouault (3rd year, guard, Vernon, BC):12 points, 7 rebounds (4 def), 1 assist, 2 blocks, 3 steals: 28 mins
Saren Westrop (3rd year, forward, Lethbridge, AB): 24 points, 6 rebounds (4 def), 1 assist: 30 mins
Kyle Peterson (3rd year, guard, Barnwell, AB): 18 points, 2 rebounds (def), 9 assists, 1 steal: 32 mins
DeJon Burdeaux (5th year, guard, Oakland, CA): 16 points, 7 rebounds (6 def), 2 steals: 30 mins
Zac Overwater (4th year, guard, Didsbury, AB): 10 points, 13 rebounds (10 def), 1 assist, 1 steal: 25 mins
TRU: 15 Lethbridge: 14
Score by Periods:
TRU 15 20 12 27 -- 74
LETHBRIDGE: 21 25 15 21 --82
Lethbridge 8-0 TRU 2-6
TRU Head Coach Scott Clark:
On the Contest: “There was some good and some bad. I think we are getting better and we did some good things. They are a good basketball team. We have to keep doing the right things and the results will come. Its sound like a cliché but it is more of a process than an outcome at this point. I thought in the second half we played the way we wanted to play. We have to be aware of a couple of situations defensively where we didn’t do a good enough job but we looked after the basketball a bit better.”
On Tyus De Vries best night in Canada West: “Tyus is a good basketball player. He is a young guy with a lot of potential. He made some shots. But he did some other things defensively out there in terms of matching up and getting rebounds, running the court and handling the basketball. I am happy for him he is working hard. I think he has demonstrated the ability to do things, that’s why he is showing confidence.”
Pronghorns coach Mike Hansen (5 th year):
On the sweep in Kamloops: “I thought Coach Clark did a great job preparing his guys. They controlled the tempo and flow of the game all right now. We are lucky to come away with a victory right now. We just have to be better and get better. I thought we took a step back tonight. We continue to have defensive break downs. We get one or two guys playing great defense while the others aren’t. We are getting into the tough part of our schedule and you can’t win on the road if you aren’t playing good D.”
The WolfPack will visit the Mount Royal University Cougars next weekend (Nov 24-25) before returning home to entertain the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves (Dec 1-2). It’s their final home games before the Christmas break.
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