December 2, 2012, PRINCE GEORGE, BC (ISN) – The Timberwolves men’s basketball team defeated the No.9 Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at the Northern Sport Centre (NSC). The Timberwolves improve to 5-5 after a 93-90 victory over the now 6-4 Huskies.
The Timberwolves were led by fifth year guard Jose Araujo (Toronto, ON) who racked up 33 points. The Timberwolves guard scored 23 points in the second half alone. Other notable Timberwolves included Francis Rowe (Victoria, BC) and Charles Barton (Vernon, BC) who added 14 and 12 respectively.
Three players came up big for the Huskies; Stephon Lamar (San Diego, CA) netted 34 points, while Matthew Forbes (Regina Beach, SK) put up 20. Second year guard Evan Ostertag (Saskatoon, SK) contributed 19 points.
The Huskies took the lead early, leading the Timberwolves 23-17 after the first quarter. The difference in the opening 10 minutes came down to fouls. The Timberwolves fouls doubled that of the Huskies, adding an additional nine points to the visitors score.
After the first 10 minutes the Timberwolves appeared to wake up, cutting down on fouls and working their way to the basket. It was the Timberwolves bench that came up big for the home side, contributing 50 points by the end of the game.
Basketball fans all over would have been intrigued by the match-up between Saskatchewan’s Lamar and UNBC’s Araujo. The two guards appeared to be going shot for shot with each other throughout the third quarter. Lamar led the scoring at half with 17 points but after the third quarter Araujo had closed the gap.
The largest lead for the Timberwolves amassed was 14 points at the end of the third, outscoring the Huskies 34-21. In the fourth quarter the teams appeared to swap roles with the Huskies outscoring the Timberwolves 25-14.
The home team did not ease up, one possession for the Timberwolves spanned a minute and a half, with forward Sam Raphael pulling down four consecutive rebounds. The Timberwolves maintained their aggression but were not able to score in the last four minutes until a last ditch foul put guard Jose Araujo on the line with 0.7 seconds to play.
The fourth quarter was a scene Timberwolf fans have come all too accustomed to this season, with just under a minute left the visitors had closed the gap to two points. A 92-90 lead for the Timberwolves was not enough to ease the crowd as the Huskies rebounded a missed shot, called a time out, and received the ball in the front court with 4.3 seconds to play. A lob pass to Matthew Forbes looked like a good option but was blocked by UNBC’s Araujo. With 0.7 seconds on the clock Araujo was sent to the foul line, sinking 1-2. The Timberwolves finished over the Huskies 93-90.
The No.9 Saskatchewan Huskies will return to regular season play January 18-19 with two home games. The Huskies will host UBC Okanagan on Thursday and Thompson Rivers University on Saturday.
The UNBC Timberwolves will continue their league play against Winnipeg on January 17, followed by Manitoba on January 19.