KAMLOOPS, BC---Who says you can’t play intense basketball in December? The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and Alberta Golden Bears gave their fans a taste of post season basketball during the Holiday season.
The teams played to an exciting 86-79 finish as the Canada West men’s basketball season goes into its Christmas break. The Golden Bears came out on top to sweep the weekend series and move to 7-3 on the year while TRU falls to 4-6.
Two players—Brody Clarke of the Bears and Mike Rouault of the WolfPack had double doubles. Clark had 30 points and 14 assists. Rouault had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The two teams opened up by exchanging points for the early part of the contest. TRU did turn over the ball five times to start the game but tightened up defensively. Alberta led by one at the buzzer being paced by Brody Clarke with nine in the frame. TRU got 10 from Joe Davis as they trailed 19-18.
It was more of the same as the teams scrapped it out.. Alberta leading by 3 at the break: 43-40. Clark had seven points while Andre Kelly contributed four of his nine first half points in the second quarter.
TRU’s attack started to spread out as Micheal Rouault had seven of his nine first half points in that period.
The fourth and final period was an exciting one, TRU took its first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter at 57-56. The teams battled tooth and nail with the score exchanging hands until the final 3 minutes of the contest. Clarke had seven of his 30 points in the final stanza.
“We are lucky to get out of here with a ‘w’ tonight. Scott (Clark) always does a great job with these guys as always." said Bears head coach Barnaby Craddock. "They play hard, they are physical and are on the same page. I was happy with our team. We had to play well to win and we did.”