Spartans beat the Heat to earn split
It was a familiar story for the Trinity Western Spartans as for the seventh weekend in row, the men’s basketball team earned a split.
And it was a dominant second half which helped the Spartans on Saturday as they outscored the UBC Okanagan Heat 52-30 after halftime to post the 92-70 victory in Kelowna.
The Heat had won 75-73 the night before.
“It was a typical weekend for us,” said Spartans coach Scott Allen. “We had our backs against the wall and our guys responded with a big win.”
The split leaves TWU with a 7-7 record and tied for third in the Pacific Division.
The Spartans hit six three-pointers in the second half and shot 47.3 per cent from the field for the game.
Denny McDonald had 22 points and hit 11 of his 13 shots. He also grabbed 11 rebounds. Justin Bakuteka added 20 points and Anthony Ottley and Kelvin Smith contributed 11 points apiece. Mark Perrin dished out six assists.
McDonald scored 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss while Robert Rodriguez managed 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists despite battling foul troubles all game.
The Spartans women’s team improved to 2-2 in the new year — and 3-11 on the season — after earning their own split against the Heat in Kelowna.
UBC Okanagan won the opener 67-62 before the Spartans took the rematch 59-50.
Head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul said her team was disappointed to have lost the night before.
‘We really focused on playing the full 40 minutes that we needed to in order to get a win,” she said.
Janelle Traber led the team with 18 points while Kayla Gordon and Kristen Ford each chipped in dozen.
Even more impressive was the fact the team won without leading scorer Holly Strom.
Strom led the team with 16 points in the defeat.
Both Spartan teams host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Friday and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.