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Men’s Basketball


LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western Spartans men lost to the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns 92-73 Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre. The loss keeps TWU at 0-6, while Lethbridge moves to 4-2 with the win.

“It is all a game about percentages. We are getting more shots, just need to hit for a higher percentage or get to the free throw line more,” commented TWU head coach Scott Allen. “We made a great run in the fourth quarter but the legs just gave out. We need to learn to fight through that and work on our execution at the end of the game.”

TWU was within striking distance in the final quarter trailing by three 62-59, but were unable to catch the Pronghorns down the stretch.

The Spartans were led by Justin Bakuteka (Toronto, Ont.) who had a game high of 26 points along with five rebounds and Vartan Tanielian (White Rock, B.C.) who tallied 12 points and two rebounds.

The Pronghorns had three players who earned over 20 points in the game. They were led by Brent Watkins who had 24 points and nine rebounds.

Trinity Western shot 37.5 percent compared to Lethbridge who shot 50 percent. Lethbridge also out-rebounded TWU 48-34.

The Pronghorns started strong and ended the first quarter up 23-10 on the Spartans. Lethbridge shot 46.2 percent compared to TWU’s 21.1 percent.

The second quarter reflected the first; as the Pronghorns were out in front with a comfortable 20-point, 47-27, lead with 1:21 remaining. But the Spartans went on an eight-point run to finish out the first half and went into the break trailing by 12 points, 47-35.

The third quarter was back-and-forth and ended with TWU gaining slightly as they trailed by nine points, 62-53 at the end of the quarter.

Out of the break the Spartans continued to gain ground on the Pronghorns and after six straight points had made it a three point, 62-59 game. However, that was as close as TWU would get as Lethbridge went on a 19-9 run before closing out the final quarter with the 19 point victory.

The Spartans spend next weekend on the road, facing the Brandon Bobcats in Manitoba on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22.

Game Notes: The Spartans welcomed local athletes who competed in the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, as they played a scrimmage during half time…Lethbridge had a sizable advantage inside as they outscored TWU 34-18 in the paint…