Posted on: January 17, 2019
University men’s basketball returns to the Tournament Capital Centre for the first time this calendar year. The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack are hoping to keep their consistent play going as they entertain the University of Regina Cougars in a pair of Canada West contests this weekend.
The WolfPack host the Cougars Friday and Saturday (Jan 18-19). Tip off is 7 pm both nights on the championship court at the TCC.
The WolfPack have played .500 basketball the last two weekends on the road at UNBC and Winnipeg.
Thompson Rivers closes out the home portion of their regular season over the next two weekends. Next week they entertain the University of Manitoba Bisons.
Date: Fri Jan 18 / Sat Nov 19 Time: 7 PM PDT
Location: Championship Court, Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC
TRU Record: 6-8 (11th in league based on RPI) At home: 3-3 Last five starts: 2-3
Regina Record 10-4 (6th in league based on RPI) On the road: 3-3 Last five starts: 4-1
Important Game Notes:
The teams met last year in the Canada West play in series in Regina with the Cougars beating the WolfPack 93-68. Head coach Scott Clark doesn’t think his players will be utilizing that result as motivation against Regina this weekend. That game saw Luke Morris lead the way for TRU with 21 points. Derek Rhodes had 17 points with Mike Rouault 12. Samuel Hillis had 16 points for Regina. Hillis, Rhodes and Rouault will all be in the lineup for their respective teams this weekend.
That was actually the second playoff series between these two teams in recent years. In 2015-16, the teams met in the Canada West quarterfinals at the TCC. The Pack won the series 2-1 getting 27 points from Reese Pribilisky in a game three 86-73 victory.
Both games will be webcast on a pay per view basis on Canada West TV. James Matthews will handle the play by play on Friday with Radio NL’s Matt Pouncy doing color commentary. On Saturday, Matthews will be joined by CFJC TV’s Adam Donnelly. CFJC TV’s Dylana Milobar will do the interviewing/hosting both nights.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Scott Clark:
1. On using the playoff loss last year to Regina as motivation? “I wouldn’t want it to be for anyone. Emotions should never factor into the equation. It is a basketball game. We are going to go out and do our best both physically and mentally. Regardless of what the result is, if you offer the element of revenge, you will be disappointed.
2. On .500 performances the past two weekends? I think the last two weekends we showed some resilience in being able to battle through what might be a disappointing loss on the Friday night. On both those Friday’s we had chances to win but we came up short. Hopefully we learned a little bit from that. It might be a bit of an attitudinal thing. Hopefully we learned from that in that regard and will give ourselves a better chance to win this weekend.”
3. Expanding on comment made last weekend about his team giving themselves a chance to win every night. “Before you know how to win a basketball game you have to learn how to lose a basketball game. I think we are kind of getting the sense of that. There are certain things that you can do out there that contribute to losing. We are eliminating those gross errors. Because of that, it puts yourself into a position to win. What comes next –can we Identify that next step to put us over the top? That is kind of where we are at in the process. I think the guys are pretty pleased with themselves, I know I am. I think over the last four games we have given ourselves a chance. When you are on the road that is very important. Now at home, we are hoping to extend that.”
Players to Watch:
Derek Rhodes (5th year, forward, Antoich, CA): leads the team in points per game (15.5) and is second in steals (1 per game) and averages 33.6 minutes.
Joe Davis (4th year, forward, Kamloops, BC): third in team scoring at 12.6 points per game in 30.2 minutes on the court.
Enrico Nuno (4th year, forward, Half Moon Bay, CA): avesecond on the team in rebounding (6.6 per game) and averaging22.6 minutes.
Anton Bilous (4th year, guard, Cherkassy, Ukraine): second on the team in scoring averaging 14.3 oints per game in 27.5 minutes on the floor.
Michael Rouault (4th year, guard, Vernon, BC): leads the team in rebounds (7.4) and steals (1.2) per game with 28 minutes of playing time.
Greishe Cierjuste (4th year,guard, Montreal, QC): leads the Cougars in both scoring (12.4 points per game) in 23.8 minutes
Brayden Kuski (2nd year, guard, Regina, SK): second on the team in scoring (11.5 points per game) in 21.3 minutes of court time.
Samuel Hillis (4th year, guard, Regina, SK): leads the team in rebounds at 8.3 per game. He plays 27.8 minutes a game.
Myles Hamilton (4th year, guard, Berrea, Ohio): third on the team in scoring averaging 10.8 points per game averaging 20.6 minutes on the floor. He is third on the team in rebounds at 5.2 per game.
Carter Miller (2nd year forward, Regina, SK): second on the team in rebounds at 6.6 in 25.8 minutes on the floor
Watch home match highlights and interviews on the WolfPack website: www.gowolfpack.ca