FAIRBANKS, Alaska – In the final game of their three game Alaska road trip the Spartans men’s basketball lost to the NCAA Div II Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks 81-59 in a nonconference matchup at the Alaska Airlines Court in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Nanooks move to 6-5 overall mark on the season (1-1 GNAC), while the Spartans fall to 2-11 overall (2-9 CWUAA).
“I was very proud of our teams resolve and effort over this trip. It was a tremendous experience. Tonight we competed very well at times,” commented TWU head coach Aaron Muhic. “Josiah Meppelink (first year guard, Langley, B.C.) did a tremendous job on their scorer. And Pogos played a great game on both ends of the floor. Peter Spangehl (fourth year forward, Surrey, B.C.) rebounded very well and provided consistent leadership. We are looking for to Christmas break and will be ready for the New Year.”
Trinity Western was led by fourth year guard Pogos Trunyan (Sacramento, Calf.), who recorded 27 points for the game-high. Trunyan shot 7-of-14 from the field and drained 5-of-10 three-point attempts, while also shooting 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Third year forward Patrick Vanderceldon (Abbotsford, B.C.) followed Trunyan’s performance with a 13-point night.
As a team, the Spartans shot 32-percent (19-of-58) from the floor, 30.4-percent (8-of-32) from behind the arc and 65% (13-of-20) in free throw attempts.
Rookie forward Michael Kluting shot 6-of-11 from the floor, 1-of-5 from behind the arc and collected 7-of-8 free throws for 20 points against the Spartans, while also a recording a game-high 10 rebounds.
Following up Kluting’s performance, junior LaDonavan Wilder was the only other Nanook to record double-digit points, posting 11 on the night. Wilder shot 4-of-5 from the field, 2-of-2 from the free throw line and draining his only three-point attempt in 15 minutes on the floor.
As a team, the Nanooks shot 30-of-73 (41.1%) from the field, 8-of-32 (25%) from behind the arc and 13-of-20 free throw-attempts (65%), while also tallying 45 rebounds, 16 assists and 11 steals on the night.
The Spartans will now be off for the Christmas break. They will begin Canada West action on January 6-7 when they will travel to Winnipeg to face the Wesmen.
Game Notes: TWU finished with seven assists to AFU’s 16…both teams grabbed 45 rebounds…the Spartans finished with 25 turnovers, while the Nanooks finished with 10…