Posted on: January 5, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack got 23 points from Ukrainian import Anton Bilous (3rd year, guard, Cherkassy, Ukraine) as they opened the 2018 portion of their Canada West men’s basketball season with an overtime victory. The WolfPack took the host University of Victoria Vikes 86-82 on Friday night (Jan 5).
TRU trailed 33-31 at the half. The teams were tied at 71 after regulation time. The WolfPack record rises to 6-7 while Victoria falls to 6-5.
TRU had four players in double figures. Bilous had 23 points followed by Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission, BC) with 22 points. Joe Davis (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) added 14 points while Michael Rouault (3rd year, guard, Vernon, BC) contributed 10 points.
Victoria’s offense was powered by Scott Kellum with 27 points with Justin Kinnear adding 18.
Victoria turned over the ball 14 times in the ball game to TRU’s 9. The lead changed nine times in the contest.
Anton Bilous: 23 points, 4 rebounds (3 defensively) in 37 minutes
Luke Morris: 22 points, 9 rebounds (8 defensively), 2 steals in 43 minutes
Joe Davis: 14 points, 9 rebounds (7 defensively), 2 assists in 32 minutes
Michael Rouault: 10 points, 6 rebounds (3 both sides) in 35 minutes
Scott Kellum: 27 points, 6 rebounds (5 defensively), 4 assists in 29 minutes
Justin Kinnear: 18 points, 6 rebounds (5 defensively) in 32 minutes
Taylor Montgomery-Stinson: 10 points, 2 defensive rebounds in 22 minutes
SCORE BY PERIODS:
UVIC 14 19 28 10 11 –82
TRU: 11 20 18 22 15 –86
TRU: 9 UVIC: 14
TRU: 42 (33 defensively) UVIC: 40 (33 defensively)
TRU 6-7 UVIC: 6-5
TRU head coach Scott Clark:
On the Contest: “Hard fought game. We were up three with a few seconds left and wound up going to overtime. We battled it through. We were down 13 in the second half. We showed a lot of character.”
The WolfPack and Vikes will meet again tomorrow (Sat Jan 6) in Victoria. TRU then returns home to play their first league games of the 2018 calendar year. Their opponents will be the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. The two game set is going January 12-13th on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Tip off Friday night (Jan 12) will be 8 pm.
The above games can be seen on a pay-per-view basis on www.Canadawesttv.com