- After being called out by their coach, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack came out inspired and went onto down the visiting University of Victoria Vikes Saturday (Jan 7). The 'Pack outscored the Vikes 23-8 in the first quarter en route to a 78-71 win. The Canada West men's basketball game was played on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.
After TRU head coach Scott Clark described Friday's 86-76 loss to the Vikes as embarrassing for his players, they played inspired basketball in the first half and later withstood a late charge by Victoria to win.
Volodymr Iegorov (5th year, forward, Donetsk, Ukraine), who was a Canada West third team all-star last year led the way with 20 points. Joe Davis (2nd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) added 19 points.
Victoria's top scorer was Scott Kellum (1st year, guard, Issaquah, WA) with 15 points. Justin Kinnear (3rd year, forward, Montreal, QC) added 11
Volodymyr Iegorov: 20 points, 3 rebounds (2 on defense), 5 assists, 3 blocks in 39 minutes
Joe Davis: 19 points, 4 rebounds (all on defense), 1 assist in 26 minutes
Derek Rhodes: 17 points, 7 rebounds (6 on defense), 2 assists, 3 steals in 34 minutes
Luke Morris: 11 points, 8 rebounds (6 on defense), 4 assists, 1 steal in 24 minutes
Mike Rouault: 8 points, 10 rebounds (6 on defense), 3 assists, 2 steals in 40 minutes
Scott Kellum: 15 points, 2 rebounds (one at each end) 5 assists in 33 minutes
Grant Sitton: 12 points, 6 rebounds (4 on defense), 4 assists, 4 steals in 30 minutes
Justin Kinnear: 11 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals in 26 minutes
Victoria 14 TRU 22
SCORING BY PERIOD:
Victoria 8 19 22 22 71
TRU 23 14 23 18 78
TRU 6-6 Victoria 3-7
TRU head coach Scott Clark:
On the Contest:
"We had more life today and that was quite a positive thing. Hats off to Victoria. They came back when we didn't handle the ball very well for a stretch in the second half. We turned the ball over seven out of 11 possessions and they tied it up. Our execution was reasonable and got some pretty good looks."
On what they learned as they prepare for Winnipeg next weekend:
"Hopefully the guys understand that you have to bring it every day. Victoria brought it yesterday and they were full value and we weren't. We didn't match their level of energy. That is inexcusable when you are at home. When you do that, things don't go well for us. Next weekend we will have to be alert, aware and ready to play."
TRU forward Joe Davis:
On responding to Coaches Challenge:
"We weren't happy with last night's performance. We needed to step it up and needed tons of energy today and we brought that today. It was a team effort. We played better defense."
Victoria head coach Craig Beauchamp (14th season) :
On responding after a shaky first quarter:
"We obviously can't do that. The first quarter we didn't show up and respond. We knew that they would have bounce back. We didn't respond and got ourselves in a hole. That was the ball game. We chased the game. The guys showed some resiliency but we didn't deserve to win the game. We have to be better early on."
On the weekend split:
"We got a win so we will take that with us. This conference is very close and we have to take each game one at a time."
Next week: TRU will wrap up their home stand with back to back games against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen (Jan 13-14). Victoria will return to the Interior to visit Kelowna, BC and the UBCO Heat. Tip off Friday will be 8 pm with the teams battling a week from tonight (Sat-Jan 14) at 7 pm.
Those games can be seen on www.CanadawestTV on a pay-per-view basis.
The WolfPack have a bye the following weekend (Jan 21-22)
OF NOTE: The TRU Bookstore/McDonalds "Leader of the Pack" player of the game was: Iegorov. Clark commented on his play: "We got him the ball and he made some plays. He is a good player. For a stretch there we didn't give anybody the ball except Victoria. We have to learn from that."