TWU basketball: Wild times for Spartans

Trinity Western Spartans Kurtis Osborne lays in two of his 17 points during his team’s 97-92 victory over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. - Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics
Trinity Western Spartans Kurtis Osborne lays in two of his 17 points during his team’s 97-92 victory over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
— image credit: Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics

Eight wins in their past nine games have earned the Trinity Western Spartans a post-season berth.

The men's basketball team won twice over the weekend — 89-77 and 97-92 — against the visiting Thompson Rivers WolfPack at the Langley Events Centre.

The results improve Trinity Western to 10-7 on the season and qualifies them for the Canada West playoffs.

The Spartans clinched a wildcard spot following the first victory, on Friday night.

In that game, Sean Peter had a career-high 28 points and 15 rebounds.

He combined with Tristan Smith in the fourth quarter to turn a two-point game into a 12-point victory.

The duo had 23 of the team's 30 points in the 10 minutes.

"Our seasoned players were hitting big shots at pivotal moments and they really stepped up to the plate tonight," said coach Scott Allen.

Calvin Westbrook had 20 points and six rebounds, while Smith had 15 points and five assists.

In Saturday night's win, all five Spartan starters scored in double figures.

Peter again led the way with 27 points, eight rebounds and six steals.

Westbrook had 19 and Smith and Kurtis Osborne both had 17. Niko Monachini rounded things out with 10 points.

"We had a game plan to play hard and just play as a team," said Peter, citing pushing the ball up the floor and strong rebounding as keys in the pair of victories.

"We played team defence and that put us to where we needed to be to get two wins."

"We're finding the right guys to be our scorers right now and other guys are filling their roles nicely," Allen said.

The Spartans close the Canada West regular season on Thursday at the LEC against the Fraser Valley Cascades (12-5).

The playoffs begin Feb. 23.

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