Tough year so far for WolfPack mens basketball

TRU's #8, Chas Kok, was defended hard this past weekend against Winnipeg. Wolfpack lost in overtime 108-99 at home.

Mike Davies, Sports Editor

At the mid-season break for the Canada West (CW) division of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the WolfPack men’s basketball team had but one win.

“Our record is a bit disappointing,” head coach Scott Clark explained.

“You would like to be a bit better.”

But Clark also pointed out that the team has made some good progress.

“We have let at least two games slip away from us that we probably shouldn’t have.  From that standpoint, it is disappointing,” he said.

“From an overall perspective, I am happy with the process that we have gone through in terms of guys buying into the team concept, the training that is required [and] the schemes and the environment that we have been trying to create.”

“It is tough on them when they are not winning,” said Clark, “[but] the experience of committing to something is one that needs to be valued and celebrated.”

He pointed out that the team improvement may be slow, but it’s definitely headed in the right direction.

“Getting the wins are slow, but the process of them [the players] doing things the right way has come around.”

Greg Stewart, in his final season of eligibility, has performed well so far, as has third-year guard Kevin Pribilksy.

Stewart leads the CW in both blocked shots (2 per game) and defensive rebounds (9 per game) and is second in the league in overall rebounds per game (11.8).

Pribilsky is the CW leader in minutes played (36.4 per game) and three-point field goal percentage (.532), as well as being second overall in free-throw percentage and third overall in three-point field goals made.

“They have worked hard to get that individual success,” said Clark, “but I think they would trade it all for some more team victories.”

The team came out strong after the break when they hosted the University of Winnipeg Wesmen, winning their match on Friday, Jan. 7, 88-87, thanks to Chaz Kok’s record breaking performance.

Kok scored 38 points against the Wesmen to set a school record, breaking the old scoring record set by Sean Garvey when he scored 37 against Trinity Western University on Jan. 30, 2010.

“He shot the ball well, but his teammates got him the ball in good position,” said Clark, pointing out once again that it takes an entire team to win games.

“A lot of different things contributed to the win.”

Unfortunately the team couldn’t pull out a victory in the rematch the following night, despite being up big a few times in the match.  Winnipeg came back late in the game to force the game to overtime and dominated the extra period to win the game 108-99.

“I thought we had the game won on a couple of separate occasions,” said Clark after the loss, “but, Winnipeg never gave up.”

The next home action for the ‘Pack is Jan. 28 when they host the University of Calgary Dinos.  Tip-off is 8 p.m.