Saturday, 16 October 2010

UBC 108, Laurentian 55

Also Howard Tsumura's story in the Vancouver Province

The T-Birds scored the first 15 points of the game with five starters hitting, and they never looked back in a convincing win over the visiting Voyageurs who are now 0-2 on their swing through Canada West.  Laurentian shot only 25% in the first half in a dominant defensive effort by the Thunderbirds. 

"We got off to a good start and that dictated the game," said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. "We were pushing them with our defensive pressure right from the get go and they were having problems running their offence."

Conversely, UBC shot 56 per cent from the field and 40 per cent from beyond the arc led by led by 6'2" freshman guard Jas Gill who went 3-4 from downtown, scoring 13 points in just 12 minutes of action.  6'2" Nathan Yu had a game-high 19 points for UBC including 3-6 shooting from three and added 5 assists while 6'3" UFV transfer Doug Plumb continues to be productive in the early season, scoring 17 points, adding seven rebounds and two assists.

"(Plumb) has already surpassed what we thought we would get out of him," Hanson said. "I knew he was athletic and he could get to the rim, but he is shooting the ball well and making plays at both ends. When you get that kind of contribution from an older transfer guy, it's only going to benefit you."

All T-Birds who dressed scored at least six points and played at least 12 minutes in the route.

"You graduate some key guys every year but there is another group ready to come up," Hanson said. "People sometimes say we play too many guys but that floor time leads to the next group of guys being ready to take over."

Isaiah Pasquale led the Voyageurs with 14 points on the night. Mike Hull had 11 points and eight rebounds while 6'3" freshman Tychon Carter-Newman added 7 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out.

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