‘Pack men’s basketball eliminated from playoffs

TRU stuggled against Regina Cougars, who will go on to quarter-finals

(TRU Athletics)

The TRU men’s basketball team was eliminated from the Canada west playoffs after they lost to the university of Regina Cougars.

The men’s WolfPack basketball team lost to the University of Regina Cougars 93-68, on Feb. 8.

With this loss Thompson Rivers has been eliminated from the playoffs.

The university of Regina came out strong in the first quarter, whilst TRU struggled. The Regina Cougars led the game 29-13 at the end of the first quarter. However, TRU had a better second quarter and outscored Regina 16 points to 14.

Despite the strong second quarter by TRU Regina led the game into half-time. The second quarter was close in terms of scoring, with Regina outscoring TRU 26-20.

Going into the fourth, it was more of the same, both teams were close in scoring.

In the fourth quarter TRU outscored the University of Regina Cougars 19-14 to close out the contest. Despite the strong fourth quarter TRU lost the contest 93-68.

Top performers for TRU were Luke Morris with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Derek Rhodes with 17 points, 4 defensive rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.

Mike Rouault also put in a strong performance, he scored 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist. While Anton Bilous had 8 points, 3 defensive rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist.

Despite TRU’s performance, they were outplayed in every category. TRU had 15 turnovers to Regina’s 8.

These turnovers hurt TRU and given that playoff games are usually decided by fine margins, one would surmise that they played a big role in the overall result.

Regina had five players in double figures compared to TRU’s three.

“We really struggled defensively. We had some injuries which slowed us down,” said head coach Scott Clark to TRU athletics.

Despite the injuries Clark made no excuses for his team’s struggles.

“They were good. It is what it is,” he said.

“We were exposed a little bit to the playoffs. We now have to evaluate and retool and go from there,” Clark concluded.

It has been a bit of a rollercoaster of a season for the men’s basketball team, earlier in the season it looked as if the team would miss out on the playoffs, but the team went on a six-game winning streak to seal their place in the playoffs.

For TRU this is a learning experience and an experience they hope will lead to bigger successes in the coming years.

As for Regina, they will be moving on to the Canada west quarter-finals.