Calgary, AB—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack battled back from a nine point first quarter deficit and just fell short to the defending league champion Calgary Dinos 75-71 in the opener of their Canada West men’s basketball quarterfinal. The Dinos, playing on their home court of the Jack Simpson Memorial Gym lead the best of three series 1-0.
The Dinos went on a 14-0 run in the first quarter and after TRU pulled to within 10, Calgary went on a 9-0 run in a 24 second span to end the first half where they led 43-24. In the third quarter, the WolfPack went on a big run and cut the deficit to four after three quarters (52-48). In that quarter, TRU scored 24 points to Calgary’s 19.
In the fourth quarter, TRU was only a point behind. In the last two minutes, Volodymyr Iegorov (5th year, forward, Donetsk, Ukraine) had the chance to tie the game at 69 but missed. Calgary followed up with David Kapinga draining a three pointer with 47 seconds left to give them a 72-66 advantage.
Iegorov finished with a game high 27 points. Calgary’s top scorer was Thomas Cooper with 21.
Volodymyr Iegorov: 27 points, 15 rebounds (12 on defense), 6 assists, 2steals, 1 block in 38 minutes
Derek Rhodes: 14 points, 3 rebounds (all defense), 1 assist, 1 steal in 37 minutes
Trent Monkman: 10 points, 4 rebounds (all defense), 2 assists in 10 minutes
Joe Davis: 8 points, 4 rebounds (all defense), 2 assists in 37 minutes
Luke Morris: 6 points, 6 rebounds (5 on defense), 2 assists in 29 minutes
Thomas Cooper: 21 points, 10 rebounds (6 on defense), 7 assists, 1 steal in 35 minutes
David Kapinga: 19 points, 6 rebounds (4 defense), 6 steals, 3 assists, in 31 minutes
Jhony Verrone: 11 points, 4 rebounds (2 on either side), 4 steals, 4 assists in 29 minutes.
SCORES BY PERIOD:
Calgary 23 20 9 23 75
TRU 12 12 24 23 74
TRU 21 Calgary
Calgary 15 TRU 3
POINTS IN THE PAINT:
Calgary 26 TRU 24
Calgary 19 TRU 2
Calgary 14 TRU 12
WolfPack head coach Scott Clark:
On the second half after the wild flurry in the first half where Calgary went on late run:
“We melted down. You can’t break down and turn over the ball like we did against at team like Calgary. They will make you pay. In the second half we did our job and it worked out. We just didn’t get the start we wanted tonight. We need to be better for game two.”
The Dinos have now beaten TRU four straight times dating back to last year’s Canada West championship final. They and the WolfPack play game two tomorrow (Friday, Feb 24) at the Jack Simpson Gym. The game begins at 6 pm PDT. Should a third and deciding game be needed, it would be played Saturday (Feb 25) also in Calgary with a 5 pm PDT start time.