Posted on: June 21, 2018
When the 2018-19 Canada West regular season begins in late October, the Thompson Rivers University basketball teams will find themselves in Abbotsford, BC.
The WolfPack will open up their respective regular seasons at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre. They will be tipping off against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. The teams will play a two game weekend set on Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th.
After that opening weekend, Thompson Rivers will get a bye week before having their home opener on Friday, November 9th when they entertain the University of Victoria Vikes on the Warner Rentals court.
A change from previous years, the ‘Pack will begin their basketball home games on Friday an hour earlier. The women will play at 5 pm with the men taking to the court at 7 pm. The move is an experiment by the WolfPack to increase attendance. It is hoped that students and faculty will stay on campus and have dinner while watching basketball.
Says WolfPack women’s coach Scott Reeves about the schedule, “We are going to be hosting Regina this year which will be exciting for our fans. Regina has had a couple big recruits return from playing in the NCAA and should be a very high ranked team again this year. This year’s cycle of the schedule has us playing a number of teams that should be in the playoffs and it should be a very exciting year.”
“It’s a cliché but we won’t be able to take any nights off,” stated Thompson Rivers head coach Scott Clark. “We face UBC, Alberta and defending league and national champion Calgary this season. They are three of the toughest schools in the country. We open at Fraser Valley, who will be a tough team. Winnipeg and Manitoba are formidable opponents and UBCO will be improved.”
Thompson Rivers will have six home dates in the first half of the regular season. This includes an early Friday start time on Friday, November 23rd. The TRU women will play at 11 am with the men going at 12:45 pm. The opponent that weekend is the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. The WolfPack are looking at making that date a “School Day” where schools will be invited to attend the games and there will be special events surrounding that contest. On the Saturday (Nov 24th), UBCO and TRU will play at 1 pm (women) and 2:45 pm (men).
Clark sees the ‘School Day’ concept as a great way to expose local youngsters to the sport of basketball. “ That is exactly it. We are pleased to have the kids come to the game and have a great experience. We hope they have so much fun that they will want to come to another game and bring their family. Maybe they will dream of one day becoming a member of the WolfPack. This is affordable, quality family entertainment. The product on the field or in this case the court is good. Exposing youngsters to it is great for us. I am excited to entertain those young guys.”
The November 23/24th weekend sees all four TRU teams at home. The WolfPack volleyball teams will play the MacEwan University Griffins of Edmonton, Alberta in the evening.
All WolfPack games: home and away will be webcast on a pay-per-view basis on Canada West Television. Jamie Shinkewski and James Matthews will be providing the play by play and color with NL Radio’s Dylana Milobar joining them as the in game interviewer.