LETHBRIDGE, Alberta – The Trinity Western men's basketball team dropped their second game of the weekend, 109-86 to the Lethbridge Pronghorns in Canada West action Saturday night in Lethbridge, Alta.
Following their 115-87 loss in the series opener, the Spartans were involved in a much closer game tonight, but were unable to come away with the win.
Entering the game, the Pronghorns had won six of their last seven games. With the victory, Lethbridge improves to 11-7 on the season. With the loss the Spartans remain winless on the season at 0-18.
Two Spartans would pass the 20 point mark, with fourth year guard Ethan DaSilva (Calgary) putting in 21 points, and fifth year guard Vartan Tanielian (Byblos, Lebanon) 23 points. While rookie forward Isaiah Remier (Abbotsford, B.C.0 with 18 points, and fifth year guard Josiah Allision (Abbotsford, B.C.) with 11 points were also contributors for the Spartans.
The Pronghorns were led on the night by Zac Overwater, who scored 22 points on an efficient 8 of 14 shooting, while adding eight rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal. Kyle Peterson chipped in 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting, as well as 7 assists and 2 steals.
The Pronghorns had a dominant first quarter in their final conference home game of the season. Lethbridge started with an 8-0 run, to take a 16 point, 24-8, lead after 10 minutes of play.
The second quarter was more evenly played as Lethbridge outscored Trinity Western 23-20 to take a 19 point, 47-28, lead into the half-time break.
The Spartans would begin the third quarter looking rejuvenated by the halftime break, as their shooters would begin to find their form. Tanielian and third-year centre Borja Soriano (Valencia, Spain) would heat up for the Spartans, as they would trim the Pronghorns lead to a mere eight points, 64-56, with just under two minutes to play with a 17-4 run. Lethbridge was able to counter the Spartans over the remainder of the quarter as the Pronghorns would take a 13 point lead, 75-62, into the final frame.
TWU's injury shortened bench would catch up to them in the final quarter as Lethbridge would outscore the Spartans 34-24 in the final quarter to take the contest 109-86.
- The Pronghorns were given four technical fouls in the game, while the Spartans were given one.
- The Pronghorns shot 51.3 per cent (40-78) from the field, while the Spartans shot 36.5 per cent (23-63).
- TWU took a season high 38 foul shots, converting on 78.9 per cent of them, 30-38. Lethbridge would shot a near perfect 17-18 from the line.
- Tanielian became the TWU single season three-point record holder with his four three-point baskets. Tanielian now has 70 on the season, passing former Spartan Pogos Trunyan ('18), who had 67 in the 2017-18 season.
- Tanielian currently sits in eight place on the Canada West all-time list, moving up six spots after tonight's effort. The Canada West record is 82, which is held by multiple players.
- The Spartans were without starting third year point guard Josiah Meppelink (Langley, B.C.), 7.7 points/game, and five assist/game, who was unable to play following an injury last weekend in Manitoba. He joins fellow starters, forward Jack Nadelhoffer (Langley, B.C.), and Tee Maberry (Pasadena, Calf.) who sustained season ending injuries earlier in the semester on the sideline.
Trinity Western will now return home for the final conference weekend of the season. TWU will travel to Abbotsford to take on the UFV Cascades on Friday, February 1, before retuning home for seniors night on Saturday, February 2. Both games can be seen live on CanadaWest.TV.