October 16, 2013, TIANJIN, China (ISN) – In their second game day of the Trinity Western University Goodwill Tour of China the men’s basketball team had a more relaxing day as they prepared for the second contest of the tour.
The rest did TWU well as the Spartans defeated the Tianjin Polytechnic University 80-56 at the beautiful Tianjin College Students’ Stadium, which was host for the 2013 East Asian basketball games.
TWU’s defence and the three-point shooting of forward Calvin Smith, who finished with a game high 21 points, was the difference as the Spartans held TJPU to 20 second half points to earn the victory.
“It was a good game for us as our defence played well and they got a little cold from the outside,” commented TWU head coach Scott Allen. “I was pleased that we were able to get playing time for all of our guys.”
“We played Tianjin two years ago, they now have a lot of first or second year players. Next year they will be a much better team,” added Allen.
The Spartans jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead and never looked back. TWU ended the first quarter up 26-21 and their defence started to take over in the second quarter as the Spartans led 51-36 at the half.
Trinity Western continued their strong play in the second half as they outscore Tianjin 29-20 in the second half.
In addition to Smith the Spartans were led by guard Mark Perrin with 13 points, Taylor Heinrichs with 10 points and Denny McDonald with nine points.
Prior to the contest the Goodwill tour delegates and men’s basketball team were given a tour, by university dignitaries, of the new swimming pool and library on the TJPU Tianjin campus.
Tomorrow morning the TWU Delegation and Spartan men’s basketball team will have a formal reception and lunch with dignitaries at Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Tianjin Municipal Education Commission, and Government Dignitaries to Launch the TWU-TUFE Great Wall MBA program in Tianjin.
Later in the day the Spartans will travel back to Beijing to continue the Goodwill tour.