Posted on: February 1, 2018
—With their playoff situation still in their hands, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team closes out their 2017-18 Canada West regular season at home this weekend.
The WolfPack entertain the Brandon University Bobcats Friday and Saturday at the Warner Rentals Court. TRU has a 10-8 record. That is good enough for a share of fifth spot in the win/loss race. However based on the RPI, TRU sits in 12th.
These two teams met in the play-in series last year in Canada West. The best of three series went the distance in Brandon, with TRU winning.
Date: Friday, Feb 2nd, Saturday Feb3rd Time: 8 pm/7 pm PDT
Location: Warner Rentals Court, Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC
TRU Record: 10-8 Last 5 Games: 4-1 (4-4 at home this season
Brandon: 8-10 Last 5 Games: 2-3 (4-5 on road this season)
Important Game Notes:
The WolfPack have five players who average double digit points: Luke Morris (14.7), Joe Davis (14.6), Derek Morris (13.2), Michael Rouault (11.4) and Anton Bilous (11.2).
Brandon coach Gil Cheung is a former assistant of Scott Clark’s when he was at Simon Fraser University. Bobcat women’s coach Novell Thomas is also a former player and assistant of Clark’s at SFU.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Scott Clark:
On familiarity: “They return a fair amount but they have some new faces. There is some familiarity there. At this time of year, probably sounds cliché, you need to handle the factors you can control. That means your execution has to be good and you have good practices. Then you look at the other team. If you spend too much on the other team and what they are doing that could be problematic.”
Focus on practice: “We are just trying to stay sharp. Keep your guys fresh and walk the fine line of not having them fatigued but at the same time, not losing some execution deadlines.”
On relationship with the Brandon head coaches: “ Both are really good guys. Really good assistant coaches. Really good basketball people. Really good people. Gil and I talk weekly as friends. Novell and I touch base every couple of months. It is nice to be able to see those guys. I mentioned to our captains about what was coming up this week and mentioned that I had coached Novell and Gil was my assistant. They (the captains) basically told me that I was old (laughs). “
Reacting to Thomas and Cheung being the predecessors to TRU players turned coaches: Chas Kok, Kevin Pribilsky, Tallon Milne, Reese Pribilsky and Volodymyr Iegorov: “They are all basketball guys. They like the game of basketball. They were great teammates. They liked to be around the guys. They liked competing. They had a very good way with their teammates. When they helped coach, it was very similar: very good basketball IQ’s, competitive, really good with the athletes. I was fortunate to coach them and have them work with me. They like being around the game of basketball. When we recruit, that is what we look for, we want basketball guys. Those who function around me have to love the game of basketball.”
Players to Watch:
Johnathan Range (3rd year, guard/forward, Harlem, NY) is fifth in Canada West averaging 8.2 rebounds per game. He is second on his team in scoring averaging 17.3 points per game.
Tyvon Cooper (4th year, guard, Middleetown, NY) leads the team in scoring with 20.4 points per game.
Troy Grant (3rd year, guard, Toronto, ON). The former WolfPack guard is averaging 26.6 minutes, 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission, BC) leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game and rebounds (7.9 per game-second on the team). He will be honored on Saturday night celebrating his final home game of his career.
Joe Davis (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) has been the team’s high scorer the last two games. He averages 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Michael Rouault (3rd year, guard, Vernon, BC) averaging 11.4 points and a team high 8.1 rebounds 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