WolfPack Lose A “Shootout” To Open Canada West Play In Series

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Brandon, MB—Defense was put on the back burner as the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and the Brandon University Bobcats opened up their best of three Canada West men’s basketball play in series.

The hometown Bobcats took the opener 101-97 on Friday night (Feb 17)at the Healthy Living Centre.

SYNOPSIS:

The WolfPack were down 48-40 at the half but outscored the Bobcats 30-25 in the third quarter. That included going on an 18-3 run.

TRU’s main scorer was Volodymyr Iegorov (5th year, forward, Donetsk, Ukraine) with 29 points. Joe Davis (2nd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) added 24.

Brandon had five players in double figures led by Tyvon Cooper with 30.  Earl Thompson Junior added 20.

 

KEY STATS:

THOMPSON RIVERS

Volodymyr Iegorov:  29 points  5 rebounds (all defense), 3 steals, 3 assists in 40 minutes

Joe Davis: 24 points, 7 rebounds (5 on offense), 2 assists, 1 steal in 34 minutes

Derek Rhodes: 17 points, 2 assists in 30 minutes

Luke Morris: 12 points, 4 rebounds (all defense), 1 block in 14 minutes

Mike Rouault: 8 points, 14 rebounds (10 on defense), 3 steals, 1 assist in 32 minutes

 

BRANDON:

Tyvon Cooper: 30 points, 8 rebounds (all defense), 2 assists, 1 steal in 39 minutes

Earl Thompson Junior: 20 points, 6 rebounds (5 on defense), 3 steal, 6 assists, 1 block in 31 minutes

Pookie Saunders: 14 points, 5 rebounds (all defense), 7 assists, 5 steals in 34 minutes

John Paul: 11 points, 10 rebounds (7 on defense), 2 blocks in 26 minutes

Chris Stanhope: 10 points, 2 assists, 1 rebounds in 24 minutes.

SCORES BY PERIOD:

 

BRANDON      29  19    25    28

TRU                 23  17    30     27

 

TURNOVERS:

Brandon 16  TRU 15

REBOUNDS:

Brandon 39   TRU 36

STEALS:

Brandon 11   TRU 9

POINTS IN THE PAINT:

Brandon 42    TRU 38

QUOTES:

WolfPack Head Coach Scott Clark

It was a poor defensive effort.  We scored OK in the fourth quarter but you can’t do that and just hope that defense takes care of itself. Its like rolling the dice. Our level of concentration wasn’t good.”

UP NEXT:

The Bobcats and WolfPack will play game two tomorrow, Saturday night (Feb 18) in Brandon. Tipoff is 7 pm MDT. IF a third and deciding game is needed, it will be held Sunday night at 7 pm.

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