First Quarter The Difference In Spartans Loss To UNBC

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November 10, 2012, PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western men’s basketball team lost its third in a row to start the season as it fell 109-87 to the UNBC Timberwolves Friday at the Northern Sports Centre.

In front of 1,200 fans the Timberwolves men’s team won their home opener and won their first ever game playing at the CIS level.

With a raucous crowed behind them, the Timberwolves (1-2) raced out to a 36-14 first year lead and the Spartans (0-3) were never able to recover. The game was back and forth the rest of the way but the Spartans never really threatened UNBC’s early lead.

The Timberwolves shots 61.0 per cent from the field and were 13 for 21 from 3-point range. In comparison, the Spartans shot 44.7 per cent from the field and 26.3 per cent from beyond the arc.

Fifth-year guard Francis Rowe (Victoria, B.C.) was instrumental in UNBC’s win as he led the team again tonight with 25 points. The guard shot 75.0 per cent from the field and was a perfect six for six from the free throw line. Rowe had help from two other fifth-year players, Sam Raphael (Prince George, B.C.) and Jose Araujo (Toronto, Ont.) as Raphael netted 21 points and Araujo chipped in with 20.

The Spartans were led by guard Mark Perrin (Toronto, Ont.) who contributed 17 points and six rebounds. Perrin was assisted by second-year forward Tyler Linttell (Kelowna, B.C.), who scored 16 points while pulling in nine rebounds.

“Our Achilles heel this year is defending the 3-point shot we were burned by that again,” said Spartans coach Scott Allen. “When a team shoots as well as they did, it’s hard to win. It’s another learning experience but we can’t have any more learning experiences. We need to find a way to get on the winning track and tonight it just didn’t happen for us.”

After the first quarter in which the Timberwolves were simply dominant, the game started to even out. The Spartans started to hit their shots while the Timberwolves continued along with the pace they had opened with. The Spartans managed to outscore the Timberwolves in the second and third periods but it wasn’t enough to come back from the 20-point first quarter deficit.

At halftime, the Spartans trailed 54-34.

In the third quarter, the Spartans got to within nine points, at 66-57, after a Kurtis Osborne (Tsawwassen, B.C.) jumper but that was as close as they would get.

In the fourth quarter, UNBC again pulled away en route to a 22-point win.

Both teams will return to the Northern Sport Center Saturday night for a rematch at 8 p.m.

Game Notes: TWU out-rebounded UNBC 39-28…both teams had 18 turnovers.

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