KELOWNA, British Columbia – Trinity Western University forward Jesse Jeffers (North Vancouver, B.C.) came off the bench with a near perfect afternoon as he led the Spartans to a 74-63 victory over the UBC Okanagan Heat Sunday afternoon in Kelowna, B.C.
In 14 minutes of play Jeffers scored 16 points on an impressive 7-7 from the field, 1-1 from the three-point arc and 1-1 from the foul line. The fourth year Human Kinetics student also pulled down three rebounds and added two assists to the afternoon’s efforts.
Also in the mix for the Spartans were Taylor Heinrichs (Port Moody, B.C.) with 10 rebounds and nine points, Vartan Tanielian (White Rock, B.C.) with 11 points, and Kelvin Smith (Los Angeles) with nine points and five rebounds. On the other side of the floor the Heat were led by David Manshreck with 14 points and six rebounds and Buzz Truss with 13 points and five rebounds.
“Good finish to a successful preseason, considering we have seven rookies and we are getting everyone playing,” commented TWU head coach Scott Allen. “Our shooting percentages were better, especially from the three point line, and we did a good job of limiting our turnovers.”
Looking towards the start of Canada West next week Allen commented “Everyone has gotten an opportunity to show what they can do and now it is time to shorten the bench and figure out what it is going to take to beat some strong teams, especially in the first half of the season. We just need to have everyone pull together, the leaders to lead and others to play their roles and we will be successful.”
The Spartan outscored the Heat in the paint 36-18 and as a result had a much better shooting percentage from the field finishing at 46.8 percent (29-62), while the Heat finished at 29.8 percent (17-57). UBC-O was able to stay in the game by hitting 24-35 foul shots, compared to TWU’s 7-11.
The Spartans, who outscored the Heat in every quarter, held an eight point, 37-29, lead at the half. But the Heat took a two point, 48-46 lead midway through the third quarter after a 19-9 run. Trinity Western responded with their own 13-2 run to end the third quarter with a 59-50 lead.
TWU expanded their lead to 13 points, 63-50, before finishing with the 11 point win. UBC-O closed the margin to five points, 67-62, with two and a half minutes remaining, but that was as close as the Heat would get in the final quarter.
TWU opens up Canada West play next weekend when they will travel to Winnipeg to take on the University of Manitoba. Game times against the Bisons are set for 6 p.m. on Friday, October 31 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 1.
“Playing on the road in Manitoba, who are playing very well right now, will be a tough start to the season,” added Allen.
Game Notes: the Spartans finished with a 43-41 edge in rebounds…TWU also had the better assist-turnover ratio finishing at 17-12, while UBC-O finished at 10-15…