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Larry Read

 

(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack hold their playoff fate in their hands as they enter the final weekend of the 2014-15 Canada West men’s basketball season.

The WolfPack will play their final two games on the road against the top team in the Canada West Explorer Division as they visit the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. The teams will do battle Friday and Saturday night (Feb 13-14) in Abbotsford, BC.
Fraser Valley leads the division (16-2). The WolfPack currently sit in a tie for second spot with the UNBC Timberwolves (10-8). To make the post season, TRU has to win one and have fourth place Mount Royal (8-10) lose a game. If the WolfPack were able to sweep the Cascades this weekend they will wind up in second place in the division. If not, they will finish third and host a three game Canada West play-in series.
“Fraser Valley is a very good team,” states TRU head coach Scott Clark. “At the end of the year, everyone is playing their best basketball. That is what you want. If our best basketball is good enough for us to advance then that is terrific.”
Clark is liking that his team has a level of fight and compete. “It is not always pretty right now with injuries. That is the nature of it. Everyone is suffering from nicks and injuries at this time of year. The goal here is to play well “
On the subject of injuries: Josh Wolfram (fourth year, forward, Kamloops, BC) remains in doubt. Wolfram missed last week. The South Kam grad was recently chosen as a Canada West first team all-star by the on-line publication “Canada West Hoops”. He leads the Canada West in rebounds per game (10.6), is third in three point percent (46.9) and is fifth in points per game (19.0).
Brett Parker (fifth year, guard, Langley, BC) stands fourth in the Canada West in three point percent with 44.7.
Fraser Valley’s Jasper Moedt is second in the league in rebounds per game (10.5). Teammate Kevon Parchment is tied for second in steals (2.5).
“As far as the year goes the season is a series of weekends,” explains Clark about the significance of the final weekend. “This is just another one where you prepare. They all count as wins or losses no matter when league play is. It is very important.”
Both games will be shown on CanadaWest.TV.
DOUBLE DRIBBLES: Should the WolfPack finish third and wind up hosting the best of three ‘play in series’, it will be held at the TRU Gym. Their regular venue: the Tournament Capital Centre is being used for the 2015 BC Special Olympics Winter Games.

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