Early lead helps Spartans take control

The Trinity Western Spartans made it four in a row and seven of the past nine games with an 83-75 win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

The men's basketball team improved to 9-9 with four games remaining in the Canada West regular season. One more victory will ensure them a playoff berth for the Canada West quarter-finals.

In the victory over the WolfPack on Feb. 1 in Kamloops, Trinity Western raced out to a 22-4 lead and then hung on for the eight-point win.

The WolfPack did lead by two points with 4:07 to play, but the Spartans went on a 12-2 run to seal the victory.

"It was a good gutsy effort from the guys tonight," said coach Scott Allen.

"We didn't do very well on the offensive boards but we did handle their runs well.

"Each time they had a bit of push, we responded well and the guys were structured and shared the ball well.

"Balancing scoring was one of the key things for us to get the win."

Five players hit double digits in points with Tristan Smith leading the way with 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.

Tonner Jackson (17 points, five rebounds), Tyler Lintell (15 points, four rebounds), Justin Bakuteka (14 points, five rebounds) and Mark Perrin (13 points, eight rebounds) also reached double digits.

The Spartans are back at the Langley Events Centre on Feb. 8 and 9 when they host the UBC Okanagan Heat.

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