Saturday February 11, 2012 BOX SCORE
Tournament Capitol Centre, Kamloops, BC.
Thompson Rivers University (6-11) def. the UBC Okanagan Heat (2-15)
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KAMLOOPS, BC – UBC Okanagan were unable to knock of the WolfPack on seniors night in Kamloops where Thompson Rivers University closed out their season at home by dropping the Heat 85-69 Saturday night at the Tournament Capitol Centre in Kamloops.
“We have been struggling for a while,” said Heat coach Darren Semeniuk. “We have played six games in a row against basically top 10 teams in the league. It has broken our spirit at times. We went out tonight and saw some glimpses of good things. Overall, we haven’t played good basketball since early January.”
The Heat stayed within 10 for most of the second quarter until TRU went on an 8-2 run in the last three minutes of the second. This give the WolfPack a 15 point lead at the half, 41-26. The WolfPack extended their lead to 20 until midway through the fourth quarter when both teams’ benches played even to a final score of 85-69.
UBC Okanagan was led by fifth year Simon Pelland (Post, North Vancouver, BC) with 20 points and eight rebounds. Third year guard Yassine Ghomari (Vancouver, BC) had 13 in the Heat’s losing cause. Semeniuk praised Pelland. “He is a fifth year guy who doesn’t want to go out quietly. He is playing the most matured basketball in five years. He is a tough match up right now and staying positive. He has been our bright spot for the last three or four games.”
Chas Kok (forward, Lynden, WA), the lone fifth year member of the WolfPack, was honored before the game and he wound up with a game high 26 points and four rebounds in 27 minutes of play.
Other WolfPack in double figures were Justin King (3rd year, forward, Las Vegas, NV) with 19 points and nine rebounds. Kevin Pribilsky (4th year, guard, Victoria, BC) had 10 points and five rebounds—all on defence.
Both the Heat and the WolfPack got all of their players onto the floor during the game tonight in the final weekend of league play for both teams. The Heat bench outscored their WolfPack counterparts 25-21.
The two teams close out the 2011-12 Canada West season Sunday (Feb 12) in Kelowna, BC. The game will start at 6 p.m. and will begin with a short ceremony to honour the men’s basketball team’s graduating players: Steve Morrison (4th year, N. Vancouver, BC) and Simon Pelland. Audrey Siebert-Timmer (4th year, Calgary, AB) of the women’s team will also be honoured before the men’s game.
- with notes Larry Reed (Thompson Rivers University, Sports Information Officer)