Posted on: January 6, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are leaving Vancouver Island with a pair of Canada West men’s basketball victories. After taking the host University of Victoria Vikes 86-82 in overtime on Friday (Jan 5), the Pack outscored the Viks 28-19 in the final quarter and came away with an 81-77 win on Saturday (Jan 6).
Joe Davis (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) led the way for the WolfPack with 29 points as TRU evened their regular season record at .500 (7-7). Victoria falls to 6-6.
TRU trailed 37-34 at the half after leading 20-15 after the opening quarter.
The WolfPack had four players in double figures. Besides Davis, Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission, BC) added 19 points. Mike Rouault (3rd year, guard, Vernon, BC) added 11 points with Anton Bilous (3rd year guard, Cherkassy, Ukraine) adding 10.
Victoria’s top scorer was Jordan Charles with 18 points.
TRU’s longest lead of the game was by seven in the second quarter when they held the advantage for 9:22. They scored nine of their points off turnovers and out rebounded Victoria 35-33.
Joe Davis: 29 points, 7 rebounds (6 def), 2 assists: 31 mins
Luke Morris: 19 points, 2 defensive rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals: 31 mins
Michael Rouault: 11 points, 6 defensive rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal: 30 mins
Anton Bilous: 10 points, 2 defensive rebounds, 3 assists: 36 mins
Jordan Charles: 18 points, 3 defensive rebounds, 4 assists: 32 mins
Justin Kinnear: 14 points, 3 rebounds (2 def), 1 steal: 26 mins
Scott Kellum: 11 points 2 rebounds: 25 mins
SCORE BY PERIODS
TRU: 20 14 19 28 – 81
UVIC 15 22 21 19 – 77
TRU: 11 UVIC: 9
TRU: 35 (31 defensively) UVIC: 33 (24 defensively)
TRU 7-7 UVIC: 6-6
TRU head coach Scott Clark:
On the Contest: “It was a tight game. They went out on us a couple of times there. We stayed with the process. If the game went five more minutes it could have been tied again. It was one of those games I think. The clock ran out and we were up by four. Hats off to Victoria. They are a quality basketball team, they have quality athletes and quality coaching. We are very fortunate to come away with the victory.
On Joe Davis: “He is a guy who can score. He struggled a little bit but we stayed with him. I thought yesterday he made some tough plays late in the game for us. Again today, he made some big plays when they are needed. That is what competitors do. They like those opportunities in this type of atmosphere and those types of situations. I was happy for Joe. He missed a couple of easy ones and could have had 40 points (laughs).”
The WolfPack return 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 Vikes visit Manitoba next week.
The above games can be seen on a pay-per-view basis on www.Canadawesttv.com
(With assistance from University of Victoria Sports Information)