The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack turned over the ball 16 times in the first half and it cost them. The WolfPack were beaten by the visiting University of Calgary Dinos 76-60 in Canada West men's basketball action on Saturday (Feb 4).
The Dinos outscored TRU 36-30 in the second half after holding a 40-30 lead at the half. They were led on offense by Thomas Cooper with 19 points. David Kapinga added 17 with Jhony Verrone potting 11.
TRU's main offensive threat was Volodymyr Iegorov (5th year, forward, Donetsk, Ukraine) who had 16 points. Trent Monkman (1st year guard, Smithers, BC) added 15 points while Derek Rhodes (3rd year, forward, Antioch, CA) added 10.
The WolfPack turned the ball over 16 times in the first half and 24 times during the game. The Dinos had 11 turnovers
Volodymyr Iegorov: 16 points, 8 rebounds (6 defense), 1 steal in 29 minutes
Trent Monkman: 15 points, 1 defensive rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in 25 minutes
Derek Rhodes: 11 points, 3 rebounds (2 defense), 4 assists, 2 blocks in 18 minutes
Mike Rouault: 4 points, 10 rebounds (6 defense), 2 ass9sts, in 28 minutes
Thomas Cooper: 19 points, 8 rebounds (all defense), 1 assist, 2 steals in 32 minutes
David Kapinga: 17 points, 5 rebounds (3 on defense), 6 assists, 1 block, 5 steals in 27 minutes
Jhony Verrone: 11 points, 5 rebounds (4 on defense), 1 assist, 3 steals in 26 minutes
TRU 24 Calgary 11
SCORING BY PERIOD:
Calgary 19 21 24 12 76
TRU 17 13 10 20 60
Calgary 14-4 TRU 8-10
TRU head coach Scott Clark:
On too many turnovers:
"We turned over the ball 16 times in the first half and it was a 10 point ball game. It was miraculous that it was only 10 points. They came out and ratcheted up their intensity and we didn't respond well."
On giving youngsters playing time in the fourth quarter:
"We are a pretty young team with the exception of Vlad who is a fifth year and Luke (Morris, forward, Mission, BC) who is a fourth year. I was giving the guys some experience and they are getting a taste of what it is (Canada West play). They will decide if they want to run with it and really be a basketball player. Hopefully they understand the intensity involved."
On Iegorov's final home regular season game:
"I thought he played well. He had 16 points. He drew a lot of double teams. He turned the ball a few times. That was unfortunate. The game got out of control and we wanted to rest him and get some younger guys some times. We have another series next week in Regina and we have to go take care of business."
Calgary head coach DanVanhooren (17th season):
"Tonight I liked our defensive energy. We had a number of shot clock violations on them. We played with a lot more team concept involved. We were doing the right things. Last night, we tended to chase guys out and give up back cuts. We were much more disciplined.
On whether that will help in the post season:
"We need to shoot the ball a whole lot better than we did this weekend. We came in here shooting pretty well from the three. We left here with a pretty dismal percentage. We have to get much better from there if we are going to compete with some of the top teams in the country."
The Canada West regular season winds up next weekend (Feb 10-11), the Dinos entertain MacEwan University Griffins while the WolfPack conclude things at the University of Regina playing the Cougars.
Those games can be seen on www.CanadawestTV on a pay-per-view basis.
OF NOTE: The TRU Bookstore/McDonalds "Leader of the Pack" player of the game was:
This contest was the conclusion of the TRU WolfPack/97.5 River "80's, 90's and Wow Weekend". It was also the WolfPack basketball alumni appreciation night where there was a special VIP section set up near the court at the Tournament Capital Centre.