Posted on: January 12, 2019
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team are leaving Winnipeg with a split in Canada West play. After losing to the Winnipeg Wesmen in overtime on Friday (Jan 11), the Pack dumped the Wesmen 85-77 at the Doctor David Anderson Gym.
Thompson Rivers moves to 6-8 on the year as they got 21 points out of Derek Rhodes. Mike Rouault had a double-dobule—17 points and 12 rebounds. Other TRU players in double figures were Joe Davis with 14 points, Anton Bilous added 13 and Enrico Nuno contributed 12.
Winnipeg was led by Don Dayrit with 20 points as their record fell to 11-5
The WolfPack led from wire to wire as they led by one after the first quarter and were up by three (43-40) at the half. Thompson Rivers shot a hot 19-36 from the field in the field half and were led by Rhodes with 13. Rouault chipped in with 10.
Winnipeg’s top gunner in the first half was Narcisse Ambanza with 10.. The first half saw the WolfPack have 19 rebounds (12 defensively) compared to Winnipegs 10. The Pack bench outscored the Wesmen reserves 10-9 in the opening two quarters.
The third quarter saw the WolfPack extend their lead to at times, 12 points but the Wesmen battled back and actually outscored TRU 25-20 in the final frame.
TRU did score 15 second chance points in the contest compared to nine for Winnipeg but it was the Wesmen who scored 21 points off turnovers overall compared to 13 for the Pack.
Scores by Quarter:
TRU : 22 21` 22 20 —85
WINNIPEG: 21 19 12 25 —77
Derek Rhodes (5th year, forward, Antioch, CA):21 points, 2 assists in 35 mins
Mike Rouault (4th year, guard, Vernon, BC): 17 points, 12 rebounds (8 def), 1 block in 36 min
Joe Davis (4th year, forward, Kamloops, BC): 14 points, 4 rebounds (2 def) in 31 mins
Anton Bilous (4th year, guard, Cherkassy, Ukraine): 13 points, 4 rebounds (3 def) in 20 mins
Enrico Nuno (4th year, forward, Half Moon Bay, CA): 12 points, 6 rebounds (4 def) in 23 min
Don Dayrit: 20 points, 6 assists in 29 mins
Narcisse Ambanza: 12 points, 5 rebounds (4 def) in 31 mins
Adam Benrabah: 12 points, 6 rebounds (5 def) in 29 mins
Billy Yaworsky: 11 points, 2 rebounds in 26 mins
TRU: 6-8 WINNIPEG: 11-5
THEY SAID IT! (post game quotes):
TRU head coach Scott Clark:
On the Contest:
“We went on a bit of a run and then they (Winnipeg) did and lucky for us the clock ran out. The game goes another five minutes and the result could have been different. This weekend as like the last one in the way we split things. Last week we had a game pretty much in hand and had it slip away in the last five minutes of play. Yesterday, I thought we had a chance to win as well. I am happy with how my guys are playing. They are giving themselves a chance to win each and every night. “
Next weekend (Jan 18-19), the WolfPack will have their first home game of 2019 when they entertain the University of Regina Cougars at the Tournament Capital Centre. The Wesmen are idle and don’t play again until Friday, January 25th when they host the University of Regina Cougars. All of the above games can been seen on a pay per view basis on www.CanadaWesttv.