ANCHORAGE – In their second game in two days the Alaska Anchorage men's basketball team defeated the Trinity Western Spartans 84-54 Sunday evening at Alaska Airlines Center.
"We played a pretty good second half after struggling in the first half with ball movement. Our guys are tough and are learning to compete together. We are hoping to keep moving to playing consistent basketball at both ends of the floor," commented TWU head coach Aaron Muhic. "We got some good leadership and scoring from Pogos and Matt Hayashi (Langley, B.C.) was super tough for us in the paint especially on the defensive end. I also thought Tee Maberry was a good spark off the bench with 7 points and 4 rebounds."
The Seawolves (7-3) were led by Spencer Svejcar who tallied 22 points, while Connor Devine added 18 points.
The Spartans (2-10), from Langley, British Columbia, were led by 16 points from fourth year guard Pogos Trunyan (Sacramento, Calf.) but were hurt by 25 turnovers. Third year guard Vartan Tanielian (Surrey, B.C.) added 20 points for TWU, while third year forward Tee Mayberry (Pasadena, Calf.) added seven points, four rebounds and two blocks.
UAA's 17 team steals were its most since grabbing 19 in a Nov. 2006 win over Lancaster Bible, helping the Seawolves to a 42-12 scoring advantage in the paint.
The Seawolves had a 48-25 lead at the end of the first half.
The Spartans will now head to Fairbanks to play the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks. Game time is set for 8:30 PST.
Game Notes: TWU shot 37 percent (20-54) from the field, while UAA shot 45.1 percent (32-71)…the Spartans had 31 rebounds, while the Seawolves had 43…