KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team has ended its exhibition season with a victory.
Playing on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre on a Saturday afternoon (Oct 21), the ‘Pack disposed of the University of Providence Argos 95-88. The Argos are from Great Falls, Montana.
TRU trailed by two (26-24) after the first quarter but outgunned the Argos 23-18 in the second quarter to hold a 47-44 advantage at the half. In the second half, TRU had 21 points in the third quarter compared to the Argo’s 17.
“Very similar to yesterday, “said WolfPack head coach Scott Clark. “ At times we did OK. We did our job. It is sustaining those efforts. Not just physical effort but a mental image. That is what toughness is and we need to improve on.”
Clark says it is something he can coach his players. “ Practice is about good habits. Those habits aren’t habitual, they come and go. You have to be able to demonstrate toughness repeatedly and have a resolve defensively. Right now we don’t have that to a certain degree. I was happy with the way we handled the basketball. I thought we did a really good job there. Great Falls is well coached. They have the ability to force us to turnover the ball. We had only 10 turnovers. Against their toughness and athleticism that is a very good feat.”
The WolfPack were led by Derek Rhodes (Antioch, Calif) with 28 points. Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission, BC) added 20 points with Joe Davis (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) chipping in with 19 and Anton Bilous (Cherkassy, Ukraine) contributing 14.
The Argos were led by Sergio Berkley (senior, guard, Jacksonville, Ark) with 18 points while Matt Brooks –McGregor (senior, guard, Paradise, CA) had 16 points.
Thompson Rivers begins league play in Canada West on Friday, October 27th when they entertain the MacEwan University Griffins of Edmonton, Alberta. Tip off will be 8 pm on the Warner Rentals court.