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Men’s Basketball


BRANDON, Manitoba – The Trinity Western Spartans ended their weekend on the prairies with a 94-89 loss to the Brandon Bobcats Saturday night at the Healthy Living Centre in Brandon, Man. The loss drops TWU to 1-7, while the win gets the Bobcats their first win of the season, 1-7.

“Tough loss for the boys tonight, but a good weekend overall. We got to the line more and our shooting percentages were up over the weekend. We just need to control out turnovers,” commented TWU head coach Scott Allen. “We will just have to get at it again next week. We have a great group of guys who are focused on moving forward.”

The Spartans had another good night shooting and rebounding the basketball, but their 23 turnovers would prove to be the difference in the contest. Trinity Western shot 48.4 per cent (30-62) from the field, 38.1 per cent (8-21) from the three point line and 72.4 per cent (21-29) from the foul line, while Brandon finished at 50.7 per cent (36-71), 33.3 per cent (8-24) and 73.7 per cent (14-19). The Spartans also outrebounded the Bobcats 42-31, but the negative 13 (23-10) on the turnovers, was too much to overcome down the stretch.

Fifth year forward Denny McDonald (Mississauga, Ont.) with 22 points and nine rebounds and fourth year forward Jesse Jeffers (North Vancouver) with 13 points and eight rebounds led the Spartans, while Kenonte Ramsey with 26 points and Earl Thompson Jr. with 22 points and 10 rebounds led the Bobcats.

The Spartans came out flying to start the game and quickly jumped out to a 17-4 lead, four minutes into the contest. The Bobcats were able to cut the TWU lead to eight points, 27-19, by the end of the first quarter. The Bobcats continued to chip away at the Spartans lead and had cut their deficit to seven points, 45-38, at the half.

In the second half Brandon continued to cut into the TWU lead. At the end of the third quarter the Spartans had seen their lead cut to three points, 63-60.

TWU started the final quarter with a solid run to take a 67-60 lead. Brandon responded and was able to tie the game at 69-69 with 6:33 remaining in the game. For the next five minutes the teams would exchange baskets, with TWU holding a 85-84 lead after a Tyus Allen (White Rock, B.C.) basket with 1:52 remaining. The Bobcats regained the lead after a layup from Kenonte Ramsey with 1:39 remaining. From there turnovers by TWU and good free throw shooting by the Bobcats sealed the win for Brandon. Over the final minute and 30 seconds TWU committed four turnovers, while Brandon went 6-6 from the foul line, to make the final 94-89.

Trinity Western will continue their games on the road next week in Calgary with games on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 to finish off the first half of the Canada West schedule.