Timberwolves Sweep Saturday Night Hoops
Prince George, B.C. – It was a sweet Saturday night for the UNBC women’s and men’s basketball teams as both clubs scored victories in Canada West action at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre.
Rookie Madison Landry scored seven straight points as the Timberwolves overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Trinity Western Spartans 82-81 in a thriller. The Timberwolves, who trailed by 12 with under five minutes to play in the game finished on a 14-3 run to earn their first win on the season and move to 1-5 against Canada West Universities Athletic Association competition. The Spartans fall to 4-2 on the year.
Vasaliki Louka led the way with 19 points for UNBC, including three foul shots down the stretch. Maria Mongomo had 17 and Landry finished with 16.
The Timberwolves were euphoric after the fourth-quarter comeback. “It was awesome in the team room, everyone is really excited, really happy,” Landry said.
The Timberwolves hit the road next weekend as they visit the University of the Fraser Valley for games on Friday and Saturday.
Meantime it was sweep time in the men’s game. It took until the second half for the Timberwolves’ offence to kick into gear, but when it did it accelerated quickly in an 85-70 win over the Spartans.
The Timberwolves connected on just two of 11 three-point chances in the first quarter, but finished the 11-for-34 from beyond the arc as they defeated the Spartans for the second straight game. Both teams are now 2-4 in Canada West Universities Athletic Association play.
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. Vaggelis Loukas, who logged 31 minutes with Austin Chandler out of the lineup with an injury, scored 19 points and was a force on defence.
The back-to-back wins were key for the Timberwolves as they look to dig out of an early-season hole and get back into the playoff race. They’ll look to improve on that record in the Fraser Valley next weekend.