PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia – After a solid first half the Trinity Western Spartans were outscored 33-15 by the UNBC Timberwolves in the third quarter as the Spartans dropped an 85-70 decisions to the Timberwolves Saturday night at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre in Prince George, B.C.
TWU, who had trailed by three points, 31-28, at the half falls to 2-4 on the season with the loss, while UNBC improves to the same 2-4 record.
"I thought that our team played a very focused first half. We had some really good offensive possessions and defended the ball really well," said TWU head coach Aaron Muhic. "We did not come out strong in the third quarter with too many turnovers and were not able to answer there scoring. We really need to take better care of the ball over 40 minutes."
"Even though we did not come out on top I was very proud of our effort and energy, especially in the fourth quarter. If we could have taken better care of the ball the score could have been different."
Three point shooting and turnovers proved to be the difference in the Spartans loss. UNBC finished the night going 11-34 from behind the arc, while TWU finished 6-20. The Spartans also committed 22 turnovers to the Timberwolves 15.
Marcus MacKay was one of the few Timberwolves to have success early on, scoring nine of the team's 18 first-quarter points and finished with a game-high 26. He made four of his six three-pointers in the third quarter as the Timberwolves turned a three-point lead at the break into a 21-point lead after 30 minutes.
James Agyeman contributed 10 assists to the offensive effort.
Third year forward Max Viitala (Melbourne, Australia) led the Spartans with 12 points, fourth year forward Peter Spangehl (Surrey, B.C.) with 11, and third year guard Vartan Tanielian (Surrey, B.C.) had 10.
"Peter and Max were real bright spots for us off the bench. Both of them rebounded well and scored for us," commented Muhic.
Trinity Western finished the first quarter strong and held an 18-16 lead after 10 minutes. The Spartans led by as many as six in the second quarter, but weren't able to match the Timberwolves in the second half.
UNBC travels to the University of the Fraser Valley next week for games Friday and Saturday, while Trinity Western hosts Regina for a pair of games.
Match Notes: TWU finished the game outrebounding UNBC 42-32 and had the edge in steals, 6-5, and blocks, 3-1...