The TRU WolfPack men's basketball team didn't go home hungry on Saturday night. Neither did its fans.
The WolfPack scored 37 points in the fourth quarter and bounced the U of Regina Cougars 110-100 on Saturday night in a Canada West game at the Tournament Capital Centre to improve their record to 4-4 going into the break.
It also was McDonald's weekend, meaning fans in attendance received coupons for Big Macs because the WolfPack scored 100 points and w0n.
"This weekend is always a grind," WolfPack head coach Scott Clark said in a news release, referring to it being the last weekend of play before the Christmas break. "You just hope to be on the winning side of the ledger. We were fortunate that it happened."
TRU got 35 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes from Justin King, its third-year forward from Las Vegas.
"Obviously, he can score like crazy and he is a good basketball player," Clark said of King. "He is a really good guy. He is banged up a little bit right now but he gutted it out and played injured this weekend. He couldn't practice on Tuesday. . . . That says a lot about a guy when he puts it on the line when his team needs him."
At the same time, Regina head coach James Hillis was wondering where his defence went.
"It seemed like defence went out the window," said Hillis, whose club is 2-5. "Thirty-seven points in the fourth quarter was a lot. . . . We gave up 24 points in the first quarter and 30 in the third quarter. That has been an issue for us. You have to be able to get stops. We are not the team that we once were that could give up 95 points and win."
TRU got 22 points and eight rebounds from Chas Kok, while Kevin Pribilsky had 15 points and six boards. Akeem Pierre chipped in 13 points, with Brett Rouault adding 11.
Paul Garneau had 23 points for Regina, with Brendan Hebert adding 20.
The WolfPack, which beat the visiting Brandon Bobcats 91-84 on Friday, returns to Canada West play on Jan. 5 against the visiting Winnipeg Wesmen.
On Dec. 17, the WolfPack will travel to San Diego for a pair of exhibition games.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Scott Reeves, the head coach of the women's basketball team, challenged his club's attitude following an 83-78 loss to the visiting Regina Cougars on Saturday night.
Reeves said he and his players had talked about this being the last games before Christmas and the need to play through that.
"I (was) hoping that our girls would be a little more professional about why they are here," he said in a news release. "This is the short half of the season. We actually have 10 games left. This is nothing. If they are tired right now they shouldn't be playing at this level."
While the Cougars, the CIS's No. 1-ranked team, improved to 7-0, the WolfPack slipped to 3-5.
"We have to shoot the ball and rebound better," Reeves said. "If we did that better, we might have had a chance to win."
Regina, which led 44-36 at the half, got 19 points and 11 rebounds, 10 on defence, from Joanna Zalesiak, who is from Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland).
Diane Schuetze had 21 points and 11 rebounds for TRU, with Tracy Kocs chipping in 17 points. Jorri Duxbury added nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.
"She is developing really well," Reeves said of Duxbury. "For a second year kid she keeps her head up, sees the floor . . . she is in control. She gets a ton of assists. She is what you want in a point guard."
The WolfPack is off until Dec. 29 when it opens play at a tournament in Montreal. Its next Canada West game is against the Winnipeg Wesmen on Jan. 6.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: After losing 3-0 to host Winnipeg, the WolfPack turned the tables and beat the Wesmen 3-1 (25-20,23-25,25-19,25-16) on Saturday.
"It was nice to see the team play with so much emotion," said WolfPack head coach Pat Hennelly. "They did for the entire match."
Aleks Saddlemyer was TRU's top weapon for the second straight night, with 17 kills in 29 chances. He also had three service aces, five digs and five solo blocks. Brad Gunter had 12 kills in 25 swings with two digs, and Chris Osborne had 11 kills in 21 chances with eight digs and a solo block.
The WolfPack () will round out it's pre-Christmas schedule against the visiting Trinity Western Spartans on Friday and Saturday at the TCC.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Down to just eight players due to injury, the WolfPack was swept 3-0 (25-17,25-17,25-15) by the host Winnipeg Wesmen on Saturday. TRU had lost in five sets to Winnipeg the previous night.
"We just ran out of gas," TRU coach Keith Lundgren said after his charges fell to 3-7. The Wesmen, among the CIS's top five-ranked teams, are 8-2.
TRu was led by Amanda Frayne and Katarina Osadchuk, each with seven kills. Kara Twomey had 20 assists, while Sara Pettersson had 12 digs.
The WolfPack will be at home to the Trinity Western Spartans on Friday, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 5 p.m.
BADMINTON: The WolfPack placed fourth in a PacWest tournament at Langara College, beating Kwantlen and Vancouver Island University in the process.
TRU's Joey Chu won the B men's singles, with Garrett Babichuk second. Kia Lidster was fourth in the A women's singles, while Anica Arduini was second in the B women's singles.
Chu and Babichuk teamed up to finish second in the A men's doubles, while Nick Azad and Johnny Nguygen were fourth in C men's doubles.
Arduini and Marlee Mertens were third in the A women's doubles. Lidster and Rita Ma won the B women's doubles title.
Mertens and Nguyen won the C mixed doubles, with George Tang and Caitlyn Sharp finishing fourth.
The final PacWest tournament is Jan. 28-29 at Douglas College.
MEN'S HOCKEY: The WolfPack scored a 6-1 victory over the Trinity Western Spartans at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night.
Mick Ludvig, Duncan Schulz and Jassi Sangha gave TRU a 3-0 lead and the WolfPack was never headed as it won its third straight game.
TRU got two goals from Kyle Allan, who returned after missing two months with a concussion, and a single from Dylan Becker.
The WolfPack is at home Saturday to the Selkirk College Saints. Game time at Memorial Arena will be 8 p.m.
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