Posted on: February 7, 2018
The road towards a potential Canada West championship begins in Regina for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team.
The WolfPack are heading to Regina, Saskatchewan later today and Thursday’s (Feb 8) one game ‘play in’ playoff with the University of Regina Cougars.
This is the second meeting of the year between these two teams, which both finished at 11-9 on the season. They met in the preseason at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, BC where the Cougars beat the WolfPack.
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 Time: 7 pm CDT
Location: Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
TRU Record: 11-9 Last 5 Games: 3-2) (5-5 on road)
Regina Record: 11-9 Last 5 Games: 3-2 (7-3 at home)
Important Game Notes:
These teams met in the Canada West playoffs two years ago, with the WolfPack hosting Regina and winning in three straight, TRU then advanced to the Canada West final four where they won the silver medal and a trip to the CIS Final 8 in Vancouver, BC.
Last season, TRU won the ‘best of three’ play in series in Brandon and then advanced to Calgary where they lost to the Dinos in two straight games. Regina qualified for the post season but lost in two straight ‘play in’ games at Manitoba.
Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission, BC) was fourth in the Canada West in rebounds per game (8.4).
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Scott Clark:
Does preparation change from regular season: “I don’t think your preparation does change. IF you freak out and change what you have done what is the point of the regular season?. We have a way of playing and doing things. We will continue to do that. If it is good enough then it is good enough. If its not, then you retool and reevaluate and go from there.”
Playing on the road in the playoffs: “We have no option. We did it last year. It is a test of your character and your toughness. If you are a competitor then you relish that situation.”
On Regina: “They are a good team. They are athletic. They had a good regular season. We don’t really match up with most people on most nights. By the same token, they don’t really match up with us. They will do what they do. We will do what we do. Someone is going to come out on top.”
On TRU having a balanced offense: “That is the way we have played. We are a team who does a pretty good job of sharing the basketball and running a system of play that is contusive to giving us the best chance of success. That is what we will continue to do.”
Players to Watch:
Joe Davis (3rd year, forward, Kamloops,BC) averaged 15.3 points, 6 rebounds per game (28.9 minutes)
Luke Morris: averaged 14.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game (32.5 minutes)
Derek Rhodes (4th year, forward, Antioch, CA) 13.7 points average (31.2 minutes)
Michael Rouault (3rd year, guard, Vernon, BC0 11.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals average (30.3 minutes)
Anton Bilous (3rd year, guard, Cherkassy, Ukraine) 10.9 points average (25.1 minutes)
Brian Ofori: led team in scoring averaging 13.7 points per game, had 1.2 steals and seven rebounds per game (27.4 minutes)
Brandon Tull: 13.6 points per game, 1.9 steals (29.8 minutes)
Shawn Lathan: 11.9 points and seven rebounds per game (26.9 minutes)
Alex Iqual: 11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds per game average (28.6 minutes)
Shaquille Harris: 10.3 points, 5.4 rebounds per game (22.1 minutes)
Samuel Hillis: 9.1 minutes, 4.7 rebounds per game (22.3 minutes)
If you can’t make the game/match: watch online (pay per view) at www.canadawesttv.ca
Home game/match highlights will be available by logging onto www.gowolfpack.tru.ca