The UNBC Timberwolves men’s basketball made its home opener Friday the scene of its first win of the season, but coach Todd Jordan said the team wasn’t happy Saturday evening.
“The team was disappointed after Saturday,” Jordan said. “We felt we had a chance to win both games.”
The Mount Royal Cougars from Calgary were the opponents at the Northern Sport Centre, and after the Timberwolves won the Friday game 71-60, the Cougars bounced back to win Saturday 77-69.
“Our scoring was reasonably balanced on Friday,” Jordan said. “We had three players in double figures (Rhys Elliot, Jeff Chu and Franco Kouagnia) and a few others around six or seven.
“That was more of a team win.”
Saturday, Kouagnia again hit double figures, joined this time by Michael Smith, but Jordan was looking more at the team’s defence in the loss.
“We played good defence the first three quarters on Saturday, and then they kind of took it to us in the fourth quarter.
“They had more intensity, and we have to match that.”
The Timberwolves wrap up the pre-Christmas portion of their Canada West schedule this weekend with a pair of games against UBC-Okanagan.
“They’ve got a pretty young team,” Jordan said of the Heat. “One of their guys, Mitch Goodwin, has had a couple of good games against us in the past, so we’ll keep an eye on him.”
Jordan hopes the experience factor of UNBC will be a key to this weekend.
“We have to come at them with grit and consistency.”
Game times for the men are 8 p.m. on Friday (tonight) and 7 p.m. on Saturday.