Thursday August 21, 2014






WolfPack men stage rousing comeback

Andrew Snucins

Chas Kok (8) of the TRU WolfPack and Kyle Grewal (9) of the Fraser Valley Cascades battle for a rebound on Saturday night at the Tournament Capital Centre.

Scott Clark, head coach of the TRU WolfPack men's basketball team, says he didn't rant and rave during halftime of his team's Canada West game against the Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday.

He claims he didn't throw any chairs, nor did he call out anyone.

Whatever he didn't do, it actually worked - the WolfPack bounced back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Cascades 91-83.

"It was all the players," said Clark, whose team is 1-1. "We just said, 'Compete, and take this possession by possession.'

"The guys did the work; I never made a jump shot, I never did nothin'."

TRU will hit the road to play the Calgary Dinos and Lethbridge Pronghorns on the weekend.

The WolfPack had a dreadful first half, getting dominated on the boards and shooting 37 per cent to trail 49-32 at the break.

The Cascades scored the first four points of the second half, before the WolfPack went on an incredible run.

There was no big play that would become a turning point; at the 2:30 mark, WolfPack guard Justin King simply made a pair of free throws. Over the next seven minutes, the WolfPack outscored the Cascades 28-3 and led 60-59 after three.

TRU shot 65 per cent in the third quarter and 69 per cent in the second half.

" 'Shot-stop-shot' is kind of a motto of ours," said WolfPack guard Kevin Pribilsky. "Get a shot, get a stop, get a shot, get a stop. The shots ended up going in."

The Cascades fought back, and led 77-72 with 4:26 remaining.

But the WolfPack went on another run - keyed by back-to-back baskets from King - and scored 19 of the game's final 25 points.

Rookie forward Will Ondrik was impressive in both of the WolfPack's runs, draining two three-pointers in the third-quarter streak and counting four late points in the game-ending streak.

Ondrik, a 6-foot-7 Vernon native, finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

"He's a talented guy, and he's going to get better and better," Clark said.

King had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the WolfPack, and Chas Kok had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists. Pribilsky added 12 points and nine assists.

Samuel Freeman had 22 points for the Cascades (1-1), Kyle Grewal scored 17 and Joel Friesen had 12.

It was an emotional affair, as Clark and UFV head coach Barnaby Craddock received technical fouls at different times, and Friesen got into it with Wolfie, the WolfPack's mascot, in the second quarter.

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he WolfPack women's basketball team, meanwhile, needed overtime to beat the Cascades 65-59.

It was TRU's second straight victory over the Cascades (0-2), who were ranked No. 9 in the CIS preseason coaches' poll.

Saturday's game was tied 56-56 after regulation, but the WolfPack (2-0) got off to a quick start in overtime and never let Fraser Valley back in the game.

Taiysa Worsfold made the shot to tie the game in regulation, and ended with nine points and six rebounds. The Sa-Hali grad debuted with the WolfPack in a 68-64 victory Friday, and averaged 10 points and six rebounds while playing 27.5 minutes in her first weekend.

"UFV is a really fast team and the first team I've seen that's run the floor that well in transition," said Worsfold. "No high-school team ever did that, so getting used to picking up checks in transition was the biggest change."

Diane Schuetze had a terrific game, scoring 20 points and grabbing 19 rebounds (all despite taking a knock on the nose in the third quarter), while Jen Ju scored 12 points and Tracy Kocs added 11.

Sarah Wierks had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Cascades, with Nicole Wierks and Aieisha Luyken getting 11 points each and Courtney Bartel counting 10.

The WolfPack will play in Calgary on Friday and Lethbridge on Saturday.

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RU's women's volleyball team lost in three sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) to the Alberta Pandas in Edmonton on Saturday.

Katarina Osadchuk had 12 kills in the loss, and Kara Twomey had 26 set assists. Sara Pettersson had 10 digs.

The WolfPack (1-3) is to play the Cougars in Regina on Friday and Saturday.

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he WolfPack men's volleyball team is 1-3 after losing to the host Golden Bears in Edmonton on Saturday.

TRU won the first set 25-20, but lost the next three 15-25, 19-25, 18-25. Alberta is 2-0.

Brad Gunter had 18 kills, and Colin Carson had 26 assists and nine digs.

TRU's men also are in Regina on Friday and Saturday for a pair of matches with the Cougars.

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fter falling behind 2-0 early, the WolfPack played to a 4-4 draw with the Okanagan College Coyotes in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action.

TRU scored four straight goals, with Lucas Daoust, Andrew Fisher, Duncan Schulz and Travis Herlein making it 4-2 before the second period was finished.

TRU, which is 2-3-2, is scheduled to play Victoria on Nov. 18 at Memorial Arena.

mhunter@kamloopsnews.ca


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