Wesmen Dominate Second Half: Down WolfPack By 16 In Men’s Hoops


Kamloops, BC-  The University of Winnipeg Wesmen outscored the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack 45-28 in the second half and rolled to an 80-64 victory in Canada West men’s basketball action Friday (Jan 13).


The Wesmen improve to 9-4 on the year while TRU falls to 6-7.  TRU led 19-18 after the first quarter and held a 36-35 advantage at the half.

Winnipeg we led offensively by Narcisse Ambanza (1st guard, Toronto, ON)  and Sean Tarver (3rd year, forward, Baltimore,MD) with 20 points apiece.

TRU’s main offensive weapon was Volodymyr Iegorov (5th year, forward, Donetsk,Ukraine) with 19 points. Luke Morris (4th year, forward, Mission, BC) added 17 points.

Winnipeg had 10 blocks to TRU’s 6.




Thompson Rivers

Volodymyr Iegorov: 19 points, 8 rebounds (7 defensively), 1 assist, 1 block  in 29 minutes

Luke Morris:  17 points, 3 rebounds (2 on defense), 2 assists, 1 steal in 24 minutes

Joe Davis: 9 points, 3 rebounds (2 on offense), 1 assist, 2 steals in 20 minutes

Mike Rouault:  8 points, 15 rebounds (10 on defense), 1 assist, 2 steals in 39 minutes.

Joe Davis: 9 points, 3 rebounds (2 on offense), 1 assist, 2 steals in 20 minutes

Derek Rhodes: 6 points, 3 rebounds (all on defense), 5 assists in 36 minutes


Narcisse Ambanza: 20 points, 3 assists,1 block, 2 steals in 30 minutes

Sean Taver: 20 points, 4 assists (all defensive), 2-2 (FT-FTA), 1 assist, 1 steal in 33 minutes

Jamar Farley: 11 points, 1 assist, 1 steal in 33 minutes

Marcello Kambola: 11 points, 5 rebounds (4 offense), 2 assists, 2 steals in 33 minutes


TRU      20        Winnipeg  15



Winnipeg     18   17  20  25     80

TRU               19   17  16  12     64



Winnipeg      9-4                        TRU 6-7



TRU  head coach Scott Clark:

On the Contest:

“We can’t give up 45 in a half. They were aggressive and I really didn’t think we responded.”

Winnipeg head coachMike Raimbault (7th season):

On game:

“I thought it was a scrappy game on both sides. We were fortunate to make a bit of a run when we did and take control of a lead which we were able to hold onto.”


The two teams will conclude their weekend affair tomorrow (Jan 14) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.  Tip off will be 7 pm.  The pre-game show will begin around 6:45pm.

Next week: Both teams have a bye. TRU returns to action the following weekend (Jan 27-28) when they head to Abbotsford, BC to battle the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. Those games can be seen on www.CanadawestTV on a pay-per-view basis.

OF NOTE:  The TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” player of the game was:

This contest was the Thompson Rivers’  “Bell Let’s Talk” about mental illness awareness night. Not only were fans given thundersticks and temporary tattoos but the were also given the opportunity to take selfies utilizing “thought bubbles”.  Those selfies were to be uploaded to Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter.  If they included two special hastags, 5 cents would be donated by Bell to Canadian Mental Health programs.

It was also the first night of the Radio NL “ Grandparents and Seniors night” where people over 60 years old got into the game for free. If they brought their grandchild, that grandchild got in for free.

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