TWU win streak: Spartans win streak ends at six games
A poor first quarter was too much to overcome as the Trinity Western Spartans win streak came to an end at six games.
The men’s basketball team — which could have pulled even in a tie for third place in the Canada West Pacific Division standings — fell 88-72 to the host Fraser Valley Cascades at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Saturday night.
The Spartans trailed by a dozen points, 19-7, after the opening 10 minutes, and never got closer than seven points.
“Fraser Valley is a good defensive team and they took us out of our rhythm on offence,” said Spartans coach Scott Allen.
“We have been playing some weaker teams and have been able to get away with poor execution, but we know it is something that we have to work on and get cleaned up.”
Trinity Western outscored Fraser Valley 45-42 over the second and third quarters, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Another big difference in the game was free-throw shooting as the Cascades scored 32 points — on 37 attempts — compared to Trinity Western’s seven points on 13 free-throws.
Calving Westbrook led the Spartans with 21 points while Tristan Smith had a dozen points and six assists. They were the only two in double figures for Trinity Western compared to five players for Fraser Valley who had at least 10 points.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 8-7 and fourth in the Pacific Division, two games back of the last playoff spot.
The team closes the Canada West regular season with a three-game home stand, beginning this weekend with a pair of home games against the 5-9 Thompson Rivers WolfPack.