(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack look to solidify their hold on second place in the Canada West Explorers Division this weekend.
The ‘Pack (7-5) meet up with the MacEwan University Griffins (4-8) for a pair of games on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday and Saturday nights (Jan 23-24). Both have an 8 pm tip off time.
“It’s good to be back at home with the bulk of our road travel over,” says WolfPack coach Scott Clark about the final three weeks of the regular season, two of which see them at the TCC. ” MacEwan is a good basketball club. They beat us at the buzzer on the Saturday night when we played (65-63 Nov 15, 2014—the second weekend of the regular season). We will have to be a little bit better. They shoot the ball OK and have some pieces there. Despite their record, they will be playing their hardest as they battle for their playoff lives.”
The Griffins sit in fifth spot in the division.
“We have to have the mindset that we are battling with them here,” Clark adds. “We need to do a job of preparation. If we practice hard going into the games and play hard we might come away with some good results.”
The WolfPack are winners of four of their last five starts and are 4 and 2 on home court.
Thompson Rivers has had a balance attack in those five games. Brett Rouault (fifth year, guard, Vernon, BC) was the leading scorer both games against UBCO (20 and 18 points respectively). Otherwise it has been a different player leading the offense each game. Clark likes the balance.
“We have an offensive scheme that promotes balance,” he says. ” In terms of minutes played, you would look at the 10 guys on the team. Each night between eight to all 10 get to see the floor. Different guys step up all the time. I think it goes back to practice where guys are preparing as if they are going to be required to be the guy who is defensive stopper, scorer or rebounder. Because of the players and their level of commitment is the reason why that is happening.”
Josh Wolfram (fourth year, forward, Kamloops, BC) continues to make a case for all-star status. In the WolfPack’s 81-71 win at UNBC last Saturday (Jan 17) he had 29 points and six rebounds. Wolfram leads the Canada West in rebounds per game (10.7), is third in points per game (19.3) and third in three point field goal per cent (50). He is also seventh in blocks per game (1.1).
Reese Pribilsky (fourth year, guard, Victoria, BC) is the Canada West leader in steals (2.8 per game average).
The Griffins have two players among the leaders in Canada West stats. Keith Gerdes (third year, forward, Edmonton, AB) is the league’s top free throw shooter at 93.1 per cent whileRyan May (fourth year forward, Daysland, AB) is fifth in rebounds per game (9.1).
Both games can be seen on CanadaWest.TV.
FOUL SHOTS: The WolfPack are hoping for a big crowd on Friday and have deemed the day ” District 73 Free Day”. All elementary, secondary and home schooled students in the Kamloops Thompson District will be given free admission into not only the two basketball games but the afternoon Canada West volleyball matches between TRU and Mount Royal. Those matches are set for 1 pm and 2:45 pm at the TCC.