Despite a tie game early in the fourth quarter, the Spartans men’s basketball team fell 100-87 to the UNBC Timberwolves in their home-opener at the Langley Events Centre.
The loss drops the Spartans record to 0-3 on the season, while the win pushes UNBC’s record to 2-1.
Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath (Amarillo, Texas) drove the Spartans offence with 21 points, 7 rebounds and five steals. Gabe Mannes (Chilliwack, B.C.) added 16 points and five steals in the loss.
Timberwolves guard Vova Pluzhnikov had a game-high 26 points and nine rebounds in the win.
UNBC came out hot with a 22-10 lead, but the Spartans rallied to finish the quarter on an 14-2 run to close out the first quarter tied at 24.
The Spartans continued their momentum into the second quarter, going on a 9-1 run to open the quarter and capping it off by holding a 47-45 lead at half-time.
In the third quarter the Timberwolves jumped in front to a 54-51 lead, but five points in the quarter from Adam Gehrig (Toowoomba, Australia) and Gilbreath helped TWU tie it up at 70 heading into the final quarter.
In the final quarter the Timberwolves gained momentum and pulled ahead early by 12 points. The Spartans moved to within seven points late but failed to regain the lead as they lost 100-87.
The Spartans held a 12-8 advantage in 3-pointers made, while the Timberwolves held a 48-36 advantage in rebounds.
TWU also finished the night hitting 41.7% from the field (35-84) while UNBC hit 53.2% (33-62).