While most students at TRU took advantage of the winter break to relax and indulge in all of the good things associated with the holidays, members of the TRU basketball and volleyball teams took to the court hoping to gather momentum as they head into the second half of their respective seasons.
The men’s basketball team took to the road with turkey dinner still in their stomachs, as they headed across the border to Billings, Mont. for a pair of exhibition games on Dec. 29 and 30.
The Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears proved to be too much for the WolfPack to handle as the school that plays in the NAIA, the second division of American university basketball, won both games that the teams played, by scores of 79–55 and 95–60.
Forwards Gerard Gore and Luke Morris were impressive for the ‘Pack, leading the way offensively while the team was south of the border.
Despite the exhibition setbacks, TRU goes into the second half of the season in good shape, leading the Explorer Division, while being ranked tenth in the entire country.
The women’s basketball team was also in action, although they had the benefit of staying in Kamloops for the holidays.
The ‘Pack was up against the visiting SAIT Trojans, a team that plays in the ACAC, the Albertan division of the second tier of Canadian university basketball. TRU had very little difficulty in dispatching the lower ranked team, winning the game 68–44. It was the usual suspects setting the pace offensively for the WolfPack: Michelle Bos scored 17 and Emma Piggin added 16.
Heading into the second half of the season the women are currently in second place in the Explorer Division, just one game behind the first place Grant MacEwan Griffins.
The men’s volleyball team also took advantage of getting to stick around Kamloops for some holiday home cooking, and they won an exhibition tournament that they hosted on Dec. 29 and 30.
The ‘Pack got the tournament underway with a straight set win against the Royal Military College of Canada. Brad Gunter, Daniel Eikland Rød and Brandon Hewwing all recorded nine kills in the match. The second day of the tournament saw the WolfPack splitting the two games that they played, losing in straight sets to the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat before rebounding nicely to defeat the University of Calgary Dinos 3 sets to 1. Graham Stoliker was key for the ‘Pack in the victory, distributing the ball extremely well to end the match with 50 assists.
TRU, UBCO and the University of Calgary all ended the tournament with a record of 2 wins and 1 loss, and the ‘Pack won the round robin tournament on a tie-breaker.
The WolfPack team heads into the second half of the season needing to turn things around if they hope to make the playoffs. They are currently tied for ninth in the Canada West conference with a record of 4 wins and 8 losses.