Saturday, 5 January 2008

Spartans shock Vikes: Lee Makes Successful Debut

Trinity Western (5-8) 66, Victoria (9-4) 64 After a month of December filled with drama, it was understandable for the TWU Spartans to be reeling after long-time coach Stan Peters was unceremoniously dumped as Head Coach. However, the naming of Pat Lee as interim coach appears to have brought some stability back to the Spartans, which paid instant dividends last night as TWU jumped out to an early double digit lead, watched the Vikes come back to jump out in front and then retake the lead for a character-building win over the second-place Vikes. With score tied at 64 and under a minute to play, Vikes 6'6" forward Tyler Hass drove the lane and had his shot rejected by Michael Brouwer. Spartans freshman Jon Loewen rebounded and was later fouled, making two free throws for the final margin of victory. The Vikes lost the game on the foul line, going only 20 for 36 and shot only 37% for the game including 2 of 13 from 3. Hass led Victoria with 15 but went only 5 for 11 from the line while 6'7" Mitch Gudgeon added 10 points but only went 4 for 8 from the line. Lance Verheoff was key down the stretch for TWU going a perfect 6 for 6 from the field to finish with 14 points and 9 rebounds. The teams meet again this evening in Langley. Victoria/Trinity Western Box Score plus UVic game report and TWU game report

Saskatchewan (6-5) 104, Lethbridge (0-11) 70 6'7" Andrew Spagrud had 31 points and 14 rebounds as the Huskies broke open a tight game early to allow Head Coach Greg Jockims to earned his 149th victory at the school passing the late Guy Vetrie for first place on the all-time list of coaching victories at Saskatchewan. The teams meet again tonight in Lethbridge. Huskies defeat Horns as Jockims hits milestone

Other Canada West results from last night: Regina got their second-half off to a good start at home by blasting Thompson Rivers 99-65 as Paul Schubach had 25.

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