The UBC Okanagan men’s basketball team have launched the 2015 portion of their Canada West men’s basketball season with back to back losses to the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
Men's Basketball (Canada West conference play)
|UBC Okanagan (2-7)||16||13||7||17||66|
|Thompson Rivers (5-4)||19||22||33||14||88|
KAMLOOPS, BC –The Heat were downed be the WolfPack 88-53 on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday night (Jan 10). This followed a Friday (Jan 9) 95-66 loss. Thompson Rivers has a 6-4 record in the Explorer Division while the Heat fall to 3-7.
Thompson Rivers used a 33-7 third quarter to run away from the Kelowna squad, who can’t match that scoring output playing without leading scorer David Manshreck for the second straight night.
Attempting to pick up the scoring slack for UBC Okanagan was led by freshman Austin Penrose (West Vancouver, BC) with 11 points. The rookie wing started his second game of the season and second straight, he played 30 minutes made two from long distance and hauled in four rebounds. His 11 points were a career high.
Leading the way in rebounding for the Heat was 6-9 first year Dean Johnston and 6-1 first year guard Aldrich Berrrios. UBC Okanagan as a team outrebounded the WolfPack in the game 37-34.
Cameron Friesen (second year, wing, Abbotsford, BC) had 10 and was the only other player from the visitors in double digits.
Brett Rouault (fifth year, guard, Vernon, BC) was the leading scorer for TRU for the second straight night with 18 points.
Three other ‘Pack players were in double figures. Brett Parker (fifth year, guard, Langley, BC) was named the “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack” Player of the Game. He had 16 points and seven defensive rebounds to go along with two assists in 26 minutes of playing time.
Josh Wolfram (fourth year, forward, Kamloops, BC) had 14 points while Victor Aguero (third year, guard, Vancouver, WA) added 13 points.
The WolfPack had only a three point lead after the first quarter (19-16) and were up 41-29 at the half, using a 12 point run in the first three minutes of the second quarter to build their bulge.
Both TRU runs came courtesy of UBC Okanagan’s ball handling issues. The Heat finished with 24 turnovers, which the opportunistic ‘Pack turned into 29 points. Fourth year point guard Reese Pribilsky had sticky fingers snatching seven steals in 19 minutes.
Thompson Rivers coughed up the rock just 10 times and UBC Okanagan only turned that into nine points. UBC Okanagn did outgun the ‘Pack 17-14 in a fourth quarter
TRU will hit the road for a pair of games next weekend (Jan 16-17) in Prince George against UNBC.
The Heat will head home to entertain the 4-6 Mount Royal Cougars next weekend. Games at UBC Okanagan will be Friday (Jan. 16) night at 8 p.m. and then on Saturday (Jan. 17) night at 7 p.m. The teams split their games in November in Calgary.
~ With notes from Larry Read (TRU Sports Information)