Graduating fifth-years Saje Gosal and Anthony Hokanson combined for 40 points on Senior Night, leading the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves to a 99-80 win over the Grant MacEwan Griffins in the season finale, on Saturday, February 8th in Prince George, B.C.
In the first quarter, it was the veterans Gosal and Hokanson setting the tone. Hokanson made a three-pointer on the first possession, and Gosal made one just one minute later, as the Timberwolves got out to an early lead. The Griffins settled in and chipped away at the lead as Abdullah Shittu and Jake Notice did most of the damage. After ten minutes, it was 22-21 on favour of the home TWolves.
“It was amazing. It was so much fun. The guys worked so hard for us, and I appreciated it so much,” said Gosal. “Anthony and I were able to hit some shots early, and then we all rode a wave together. The energy of the crowd, the city, and all the players. It was really special.”
The fourth quarter looked similar to the third, as Doslov-Doctor continued to fire away in his farewell, as did his UNBC counterparts playing their final game. The TWolves did enough to sustain the lead, ending the year on a positive note with a 99-80 victory.
Hokanson led the way with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Gosal added 17 points. Laing had 20 points and 3 assists, while Pluzhnikov went for 20 points, 5 boards, and 7 assists. The four combined to make 16 three-pointers on 32 attempts. Shittu chipped in with a 10 point, 13 rebounds, 4 block day.
Notice led the way for the Griffins with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Doslov-Doctor had 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Shittu added 15 points and 7 rebounds.
“I am going to remember my teammates,” said Gosal. “My teammates stepping up and being special people off the court, and making special plays on the court.”