Posted on: January 10, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack put a five game unbeaten streak on the line this weekend as they make their first appearance at home this calendar year.
The WolfPack entertain the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday and Saturday (Jan 12-13). TRU is the second hottest team in the Canada West (UBC has won eight in a row going into this weekend).
The Cascades are at 5-9 on the season.
Date: Fri Jan 12/Sat Jan 13 Time: 8 pm/7 pm PDT
Location: Warner Rentals Court, Tournament Kamloops, Centre
TRU Record: 7-7 Last 5 Games: 5-0 (2-4 at home this season
Lethbridge: 5-9 Last 5 Games: 2-3 (1-6 on road this year)
Important Game Notes:
This is the final time that WolfPack forward Luke Morris will play the team who he played for after graduating as a BC High School “AA” MVP from Mission Secondary in 2012. Friday night’s contest is the 97.5 the River “Free Flow Three throw” contest where lucky listeners and fans at the game will participate in a half-court shot to win money.
After the weekend, both teams get a bye from league play next week (Jan 19-20).
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Scott Clark:
On building on sweep last weekend in Victoria: “ I don’t think there is any parlaying of emotion or momentum. You have to be able to get over yourself. You won a couple of games. Who cares? That’s done and you move on. That is the essence of sport. No one cares what you did yesterday, it is what you can do today. That is what we have control over. We have control over what happens today. I don’t know what tomorrow will hold. We have to be mature and approach it like that.
On Fraser Valley’s record. How will they compare to your team? “They are good. They are a good team. They are a couple of games back of us. You would be tremendously out to lunch if you overlook them. They are a quality basketball team. If we overlook them, that is on us. If you have any maturity as an athlete or a team, you don’t do those things. That is my hope that we don’t approach the weekend like that.”
On Luke Morris’ development and evolution since he arrived from Fraser Valley: “Luke has gotten a lot better as a player since he first arrived. His understanding of the game has grown. His skill, his endurance, his strength, and his ability to lead…all have grown while he has been here. I am happy for him. I think that is what he wanted. That is what I wanted. You feel good about that for him and you are proud of him.”
Players to Watch:
Mike Rouault (3rd year, guard, Vernon, BC) 5th in Canada West in rebounds (8.4 per game)
Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission, BC) 5th in Canada West in rebounds (8.4 per game). Leads team in scoring averaging 15.4 points per game.
Joe Davis (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) had 29 points in last game vs Victoria. Second on team in scoring averaging 14.6 points per game.
Mark Johnson (4th year, forward, Palm Springs, CA) leads Canada West in 3 point percent (48.8). He also leads the team in rebounds with 7.6 per game.
Andrew Morris (4th year, forward, Burnaby, BC) leads team in scoring with12.7 points per game.
Daniel Adediran (2nd year, guard, Surrey, BC) is tied for the team lead in rebounds with 7.6 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