Posted on: January 9, 2019
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team will have to tighten up their defense if they hope to come away with some Canada West victories on the road this weekend.
The Pack are in Winnipeg to meet up with the Wesmen on Friday and Saturday (Jan 11-12) at the Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg.
The Wesmen have a potent offense-scoring over 100 points five times this regular season thus far.
These games are the final ones for TRU on the road as they opened 2019 with four games away from the Tournament Capital Centre.
The Pack return home next weekend (Jan 18-19) when they entertain the University of Regina Cougars.
Date: Fri Jan 11/ Sat Jan 12 Time: 8 pm/5 pm CDT
Location: Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba
TRU Record: 5-7 (tied for 11th in league) record on the road: 2-4 in last 5 starts: 2-3
Winnipeg Record: 6-4 (tied for 3rd in league) record at home: 3-2 in last five starts 5-0
Important Game Notes:
The Wesmen were on the road in Langley, BC last weekend sweeping the Trinity Western University Spartans. On Saturday (Jan 5), they won 83-55 getting 20 points from Sean Tarver. The night previous, Tarver and Marcisse Ambanza had 12 points apiece.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Scott Clark:
1. Winnipeg is a very offensive minded team. How are you going to deal with that? “They are quite talented. They shoot the ball well and are well coached. They are amongst the league leaders in offense (league best 1305-TRU is 13 th at 913 points scored). It will be a challenge for us.”
2. Will you be concentrating more on defense this week in practice? “That is the theme every practice. We have to do what we do and they will try to do what they do. You don’t make wholesale changes from week to week. You have a scheme, a system, a philosophy you base that upon a lot of factors and what puts your team into the best situation and work towards that.”
3. Michael Rouault had a couple of strong performances last weekend . Comment on his play of late?. “He scored both nights. More importantly his leadership, his attitude, the things you wouldn’t see on a stat sheet he excelled at.
Players to Watch:
Derek Rhodes (5th year, forward, Anotich, California): started all 12 of the teams games . The lone fifth year is averaging 13.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 32.9 minutes on the floor.
Michael Rouault (4th year, guard, Vernon, BC): He is tied for the team lead with 6.8 rebounds per game. He has started 10 of 12 contests averaging 11.1 points and 2.3 assists.
Anton Bilous (4th year, forward, Cherkassy, Ukraine): has started 9 of 12 games but leads the steam in scoring with 14.1 points per game. He averages 27.4 minutes on the floor.
Sean Tarver (5thy ear, forward, Baltimore, Maryland): third in the Canada West in points per game (19.6) averaging 31.9 minutes per game. He has started all 14 league games and averages 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
Marcisse Ambanza (3rd year, guard, Toronto, ON) : has started all 14 league games averaging 19.2 points p, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 32.5 minutes per game.
Spas Nikolov (2nd year guard, Sofia, Bulgaria): is fourth in Canada West in field goal per cent (58.6). He has started all 14 games thus far in the regular season and averages 23.6 minutes per game.
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