Spartans fall to Thompson Rivers in preseason contest


KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – Playing a Canada West opponent for the first time in their preseason schedule, the Spartans lost 92-78 to Thompson Rivers Saturday.


Trinity Western was down by 13 points after the first quarter, 28-15, and the WolfPack held a comfortable lead the rest of the way. The Spartans had a strong second half, outscoring the WolfPack 44-40, but an 18-point halftime deficit proved insurmountable.


Vartan Tanielian (White Rock, B.C.) led TWU with 17 points, while Tyus Allen (White Rock) had 16 points and six rebounds for the Spartans. TRU had five players hit double digits in points, led by Luke Morris, who had 19.


“TRU is well coached and they played with confidence and hit a lot of threes on us,” said TWU coach Aaron Muhic. “We had some problems with their zone. We hadn’t faced anything like that, but it’s early.


“I thought our Tyus was steady, competed and was pretty physical. He did his thing. Vartan played a pretty solid game and scored well for us. We have a couple of guys who lead us like Peter Spangehl (Surrey, B.C.). He is kind of our emotional leader. This is our first time on the road and against a CIS school. It was a good test for us.  We have to get better and learn from it.”


The Spartans finish their preseason next weekend when they travel to play Idaho Oct. 28 and Eastern Oregon Oct. 29.