(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—When one looks at the score of Saturday’s (Jan 24) Canada West men’s basketball contest between the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and the MacEwan University Griffins, they will take note of the score.
But for the WolfPack, the 95-87 victory was more than two points. It might also have been the game which saw the players unite as a squad. The WolfPack came away with their eighth victory of the year doing it without arguably their top player.
Josh Wolfram (fourth year, forward, Kamloops, BC), among the leaders in Canada West points, rebounds and three point field goal percent watched the game in street clothes due to a lower body injury.
“Everybody stepped up,” said WolfPack coach Scott Clark. ” Everybody did a great job of stepping up and making plays.”
The WolfPack were led by Reese Pribilsky (fourth year, guard, Victoria, BC) on offense. He had 22 points and was one of five players in double figures. He added eight assists.
Brett Parker (fifth year, guard, Langley, BC) had 21 points and was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” Player of the Game.
“Brett really stepped up,” Clark stated.” He had some really good effort plays. He shot the ball well. He stole the ball. He played well.
Brett Rouault (fifth year, guard, Vernon, BC), Josh Mayorga (first year,guard, Langley, BC) and Tallon Milne (fifth year, forward, Vanderhoof, BC) all contributed 12 points.
TRU was down 15-14 after the first quarter but outscored the Griffins 27-17 in the second quarter to take a lead that they held onto. MacEwan actually outgunned the ‘Pack 55-54 in the second half.
“Things happen to you and a measure is how you bounce back,” Clark said as his team rallied from losing 88-79 to the Griffins on Friday (Jan 23).
Clark said his team’s preparation has to be better in order to avoid the wide swings in performance. ” We have to do a better job of that during the week. Then the performance follows.”
MacEwan was led by Lee Danderfer ( fifth year, guard, Grande Prairie, AB) with 27 points. Keith Gerdes (third year, forward, Edmonton, AB) chipped in with 22 while Ryan May ( fourth year, forward, Daysland, AB) had 16.
The WolfPack will travel to Kelowna, BC to face the UBCO Heat next weekend (Jan 30-31) while MacEwan will visit Prince George to take on the UNBC Timberwolves.
The last set of home games for Thompson Rivers will come up February 6-7 at the Tournament Capital Centre against the Mount Royal Cougars. Tip off on February 6 th is 8 pm.