WolfPack Men’s Basketball Make Playoffs For 4th Straight Year

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For the fourth time in their history, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have qualified for the Canada West playoffs.
The WolfPack closed out their regular season by being swept on the road by the University of Regina Cougars. The score on Saturday (Feb 11) was 79-74.

SYNOPSIS

The WolfPack needed a split on the road in order to host a Canada West play in series next week. Instead, they will open the post season on the road (in either Brandon or Winnipeg).

TRU was led offensively by Volodymyr Iegorov (5th year, forward, Donetsk, Ukraine) with 16 points and 12 rebounds.  Derek Rhodes (3rd year, guard, Antioch, CA) and Mike Rouault (2nd year, guard, Vernon, BC) had 11 points.

Regina was led by Biran Ofori with 26 points.

KEY STATS:

THOMPSON RIVERS

Volodymyr Iegorov: 16 points, 12 rebounds (10 on defense) 1 assist in 39 minutes

Derek Rhodes: 11 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals  in 31 minutes

Mike Rouault: 11 points, 9 rebounds (5 defensive), 1 assist, 1 block, steal in 27 minutes.

Luke Morris: 9 points, 11 rebounds (9 defensive), 1 assist, 2 steals in 39 minutes

 

REGINA:

Brian Ofori: 22 points, 8 rebounds (4 on each side), 2 assists, 1 block, 3 steals in 37 minutes

Johniel Johnson: 17 points, 7 rebounds (4 on defense), 3 steals, 2 assists, in 22 minutes

Alex Igual: 16 points, 7 rebounds (all on defense), 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal in 26 minutes

 

REBOUNDS:

TRU 53     REGINA: 52

TURNOVERS:

REGINA  16  TRU 15

SCORE BY PERIODS:

TRU:           20    19   16   19        74

REGINA:    20     15   18   26       79

RECORDS:

TRU     8-12              REGINA 9-11

QUOTES:

TRU  head coach Scott Clark :

On the Contest:

“Some mental errors in the last five minutes cost us. That is something we can’t do. We missed some block outs and not coming up with rebounds. We needed to be tougher down the stretch.  That is what winning basketball is. We made the playoffs which certainly was one of our goals.”

UP NEXT:

 

The WolfPack sit in ninth place in the RPI.  Depending on a game Sunday (Feb 12) between Alberta and Lethbridge, Thompson Rivers will be heading to either Brandon or Winnipeg for a three game play in series next week (Feb 16-19).  If Alberta beats Lethbridge, TRU will fly to Winnipeg to meet the Wesmen. If Lethbridge is victorious on Sunday, the Pack will open the playoffs in Brandon against the Bobcats.

TRU’s playoff history in Canada West is: 2013-14 (loss to Saskatchewan in quarterfinals),  2014-15 (win over Winnipeg in play in series held in Kamloops followed by quarterfinal series to Saskatchewan) and in 2015-16 (beat Regina in quarterfinal, beat UBC in Canada West semi final and lost to Calgary in final. Went to CIS Final 8).

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