The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have fallen to .500 in the Canada West men’s basketball league.
The WolfPack are now 3-3 in the Explorer Division after being swept by the visiting University of Fraser Valley Cascades, who won 75-68 Saturday night at the Tournament Capital Centre.
The Cascades are unbeaten in six starts to sit atop the division.
“It was very close,” said Cascades’ coach Adam Friesen. “We were just fortunate to make some extra plays down the stretch. Otherwise it would have been a different result.”
Said WolfPack head coach Scott Clark: “We weren’t the greatest on the defensive glass and we need to be better. On your own glass, you can’t give them two or three chances at it. It is going to hurt you. Our level of defensive execution has to be better. Offensively, we got a bit panicky and it resulted in high-risk behavior.”
Friesen said his team found their offence didn’t come quite as easy on this night in comparison to their 10-point victory (83-73 Friday).
“We got the looks we wanted but some nights the ball doesn’t fall. We had to really dig down and be tough on the defensive rebound. Our toughness and discipline weren’t great but they were good enough to find a way to win down the stretch.”
The Cascades led 23-18 at the quarter and were up 35-33 at the half. Fraser Valley had four players in double figures led by Kevon Parchment for the second straight night with 17.
TRU was led again by Josh Wolfram (4th year forward, Kamloops) who earned his sixth straight double-double with 24 points and 16 boards.
Brett Rouault (5th year guard, Vernon) produced 14 points and was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” player of the game. Victor Aguero (3rd year guard, Vancouver, Wash.) had 10 points.
Clark said despite being swept, the season is far from over.
“It is early in the season. The league title isn’t won or lost in the first half of the year. We have to play good basketball. There are a lot of games left. Our job is to continue to prepare and get a better.”
The WolfPack will hit the road for their final two games before the Christmas break) when they visit Calgary and the Mt. Royal University Cougars this weekend.
Fraser Valley will close things out at home against Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan Griffins.