The No. 2 ranked UBC Thunderbirds defeated the Trinity Western Spartans 104-72 to conclude Canada West conference play Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. The win improves the Thunderbirds to 19-1, while the loss ends the Spartans season at 3-17. UBC will now move on to the Canada West play-offs, with a first round bye.
“There has been a lot of growth with our team this year. Our guys could have easily not been focused the last six games. However, they were together and played as a team,” commented TWU head coach Aaron Muhic. “Most teams that are in this situation could have just folded. But our guys competed. We just have to get better at things. It was glaring tonight that when the foul game happens we just do not have someone who can get to the line consistently for us and attack the paint.”
“For the season, Matt has shown immense growth. In the last games, he has embraced being the defender and rebounder. We just have to get a little more offense added to his game,” added Muhic. “Pat had a tough weekend, but second semester he has been a pretty good rebounder and scorer for us.
“We came into the season with very few years of Canada West play and we needed to get better with experience. We are not getting the outward results, but I just want our guys to win the little battles and use our experiences to get ourselves better.”
Guard Pogus Trunyan (Sacramento, Calf.) with 21 points, four assist, and four rebounds, forward Tee Maberry (Pasadena, Calf.) with 10 points, and seven rebounds led the Spartans. While UBC, who had five players hit double digits in scoring, were led by fifth year guard Jordan Jensen-Whyte (Calgary) with 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals and rookie guard Isaiah Familia (Windsor, Ont.) with 20 points, and 11 rebounds for the Thunderbirds.
The two teams were tied at 15-15 in the opening quarter when UBC used a 11-5 run to take a six point, 26-20, lead going into the second quarter.
The Thunderbirds broke the game open in the second quarter, outscoring the Spartans 22-11 to take a 48-31 lead at the half.
In the second half UBC outscored TWU 56-41 to make the final a 32 point win for the road team.
Game Notes: TWU finished the night shooting 37.1 percent (26-70); while UBC shot 45.8 percent (33-72)… the Thunderbirds shot 41 percent (9-22) from the three-point line in the second half, while the Spartans shot 33.3 percent (5-15). TWU finished the night 12-16 from the foul line, while UBC finished at 26-29…