WolfPack extend winning streak to six with victory over UFV

  Posted on: January 12, 2018

Luke Morris vs UFV (Andrew Snucins photo)

The winning streak continues for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team. They extended their unbeaten streak to six as they handed the visiting University of the Fraser Valley Cascades a 77-71 setback. The game was played Friday (Jan 12) on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre.

The Pack moved back above .500 at 8-7 with the win. They got 21 points from Derek Rhodes. Joe Davis cChipped in with 17 while Luke Morris and Mike Rouault contributed 11.

Vick Toor had 17 to lead the Cascades who fall to 5-10 on the year.

SYNOPSIS

It was tight in the opening quarter with the WolfPack holding a 3 point advantage (27-24), But TRU turned it on in the second quarter thanks to a 10 point performance from Derek Rhodes (4 th year, forward, Antioch, CA). He had 19 in the first half as the Pack led by 13 (47-34).

The Cascades came out strong in the second half and outscored TRU 17-13 in the third quarter sparked by Andrew Morris’ (4th year, forward, Burnaby, BC) five points.

The fourth quarter saw the Cascades cut the margin to three with three minutes left (69-66) until Luke Morris (5th year forward, Mission, BC) caused a turnover and went in for the easy layup. Morris started his USPORTS career with Fraser Valley before transferring to Thompson Rivers.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:

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KEY STATS:

Thompson Rivers :

Derek Rhodes: 21 points, 3 rebounds (2 def), 3 assists, 1 steal: 30 mins
Joe Davis: 17 points, 2 rebounds (1 each way), 3 assists: 39 mins
Michael Rouault: 11 points, 15 rebounds (8 def), 4 assists, 3 steals: 39 mins
Luke Morris: 11 points 18 mins

UFV:

Vick Toor: 17 points, 4 rebounds (3 def), 6 assists, 2 steals: 28 mins
Matt Cooley: 16 points, 8 rebounds (7 def), 3 assists, 1 steal: 28 mins
Andrew Morris: 14 points, 2 defensive rebounds: 37 mins
Mark Johnson: 7 points, 6 rebounds (5 def) 2 assists, 2 steals: 40 mins

Turnovers:

TRU: 10 UFV: 12

Score by Periods:

TRU 27 20 13 17 –77
UFV: 24 10 17 20 –71

RECORD: UFV:5-10 TRU: 8-7

QUOTES:

TRU Head Coach Scott Clark:

On the Contest: “ It was exciting. Our thought our defensive effort was pretty good throughout the game. We messed up a couple of too many times. Just straight breakdowns in the second half. Maybe two or three times. If you took away those atrocious breakdowns away. On a night you didn’t shoot the ball that well, you give yourself a chance to win. That wasn’t the case and it was a close ball game”.

Video of post game interview: click here

Fraser Valley head coach Adam Friesen (6th season):

On the difference in the game: “ We played a lot smarter in the second half. We were a little more under control. Looking forward to tomorrow and hope we can put together more than 20 minutes of good basketball. Give credit to them, they did a great job on defense in the first half. Their ball pressure and mixing defense made us uncomfortable. We started to play fast and undisciplined. We were more controlled in the second half.”

Video of post game interview:  click here

UP NEXT:

The Wolf Pack and Cascades will do battle again Saturday (Jan 13) on the Warner Rentals court beginning at 7 pm. The game will be webcast on a pay per view basis with Jamie Shinkewski and Jordy Cunningham having the play by play and color along with Kashara Atkins providing interviews. You can catch it starting at 6:50 pm on www.CanadaWestTV.com.

     

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