WolfPack throttle Cascades to Sweep Canada West weekend

  Posted on: January 13, 2018

Luke Morris (Andrew Snucins photo)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team continues to roll right along in Canada West play. The WolfPack won their seventh in a row as they hammered the University of Fraser Valley Cascades 99-69 on Saturday (Jan 13). . The Pack swept the Cascades on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre


Fraser Valley led by a point after the first quarter (20-19). But the WolfPack rolled out the offense . In a ‘run and gun’ second quarter, Thompson Rivers outscored Fraser Valley 20-19.

The third quarter saw TRU dominate as they outscored the Cascades 31-9 and rolled to their seventh win and a 9-7 record.

Anton Bilous (3rd year, guard, Cherkassy Ukraine) had 13 points for TRU at the half. He wound up with 16 on the night. Nolan Willett (1st year, guard, Calgary, AB) also had 16 points and was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” player of the game.

Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission, BC) –playing his former team for the last time in regular season play wound up with 13 points. He had 11 at the halfway mark.

Fraser Valley was led by Victor Toor (1st year, guard, Kent, WA) and Matt Cooley (3rd year forward, Coquitlam, BC) each with 18 points.


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Thompson Rivers :

Anton Bilous: 16 points, 1 defenisve rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal: 28 mins

Nolan Willett: 16 points, 2 rebounds (one each way), 1 assist, 2 steals: 20 mins

Luke Morris: 11 points,6 assists (3 each way), 3 assists: 17 mins

Tyus De Vries: 12 points, 2 defensive rebounds, 2 assists: 30 mins

Derek Rhodes: 11 points, 1 defensive rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 steal: 21 mins



Matt Cooley: 18 points, 2 defensive rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals: 31 mins

Vick Toor: 18 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists: 27 mins

Daniel Adediran: 12 points, 10 rebounds (7 offense), 2 assists: 28 mins

Vick Toor: 18 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists: 27 mins


TRU: 15  UFV: 16

Score by Periods:

TRU          17   29   31 22 –99

UFV:         19 20     9 21 –69


RECORD:   UFV: 5-11       TRU: 9-7


TRU Head Coach Scott Clark:

On coaching in a big margin game: “ It is nice to be up and good to give guys who don’t usually get minutes some time. You are still trying to coach them. I was happy with all the fellas. I was really pleased with the guys who came off the bench. They were outstanding. Madhu was great. Tyus De Vries was great. Devin Halcrow was great. All those guys come to practice and put in time. I was happy they got a chance.”

On third quarter offensive explosion: “We shot well. But I thought we played well. Don’t mistake shooting well with playing well. We did a good job at the defensive end. I thought our energy was great. Thought everybody came in and fulfilled their roles. That is what a good performance is. “

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Fraser Valley head coach Adam Friesen (6th season):

On weekend: “ The third quarter things went poorly and we aren’t able to respond to that. In the fourth quarter, we battled and supported each other and that was something to be proud of. That was a positive.”


Video of post game interview:  click here




The WolfPack and Cascades both have a bye next week. They will return to action January 26-27th. The WolfPack will visit Langley, BC for a two game series with the Trinity Western University Spartans. The Cascades will be on the road as well. They will visit the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves in Prince George, BC.

Next home game for the ‘Pack is Friday February 2nd when the Brandon University Bobcats come to town for a pair of games. It will be a rematch of last year’s Canada West play-in series where Thompson Rivers prevailed in a full three games.   Tip off on February 2nd will be 8 pm on the Warner Rentals court at the TCC.

The above games will be webcast on a pay per view basis on www.CanadaWestTV.com.



The WolfPack used their entire bench which included Devin Halcrow (1st year, forward, Kamloops, BC), Jon Steele (1st year forward, Chilliwack, BC) and Dean Lemphers (1st year, guard, Kamloops, BC) all seeing court time. Halcrow played 14 minutes, Steele six and Lemphers five minutes.