Tyus De Vries leads TRU Wolf Pack in Manitoba Bisons battle

The Canada West scoreboard is a weekly update on Chilliwackians playing university basketball.

Tyus De Vries and his Thompson Rivers University Wolf Pack were handed a pair of losses by the University of Manitoba Bisons in Canada West men’s basketball action last weekend.

The 73-66 and 65-54 home-court defeats dropped TRU to 6-12 and 14th place in the 17 team Canada West standings.

After posting six points and one assist in the Friday opener while shooting a shaky 2 of 12 from the floor, De Vries bounced back in the Saturday rematch.

The Sardis secondary grad led the Wolf Pack in scoring and had the team’s first eight points of the game. The sophomore played 30 minutes, shooting 5 of 12 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free-throw line en-route to 15 points.

He added seven rebounds and an assist.

De Vries and company finish their regular season slate with a tall task, hitting the road to face the Calgary Dinos tonight and tomorrow.

— Speaking of Calgary, Lucas Mannes and the Dinos stayed unbeaten with two weekend wins at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Calgary is 18-0 heading into the last weekend of regular season play.

Playing the final ‘home games’ of his university career, Mannes started Friday with a nine point effort in an 85-51 Calgary win.

The GW Graham grad played 23 minutes and shot 3 of 11 from the field, adding two rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Playing 26 minutes in Saturday’s rematch, the fifth-year guard led the Dinos in scoring with 18 points in a 69-59 win, including four three pointers. Mannes added four rebounds, one steal and two assists for Calgary.

— While Mannes and the Dinos have made it this far without a loss, Kyle Helsloot’s hard luck Trinity Western Spartans have yet to taste a win.

The Spartans lost 115-87 and 109-86 to the Lethbridge Pronghorns, bringing their 2018-19 record to 0-18.

Helsloot, a GW Graham grad, played nine minutes in both games.

He was held of the stat-sheet in Saturday’s finale, but he scored six points in the Friday game on 3 of 4 shooting from the field, adding three rebounds.

The Spartans have two chances remaining to crack the W column.

They visit the UFV Cascades tonight and tomorrow.

— Josi DeBruyn finished up her first season of U-Sports basketball with a pair of home losses to the University of Victoria Vikes.

DeBruyn’s UBC-Okanagan Heat fell 81-64 and 97-62 to finish the season 1-19, last in the 17 team Canada West conference.

The Sardis grad played a combined 10 minutes in the two games, pulling down three rebounds.

Her final stat-line for the season saw her averaging .6 points and .4 rebounds per game in 14 appearances.

— Jaya Bannerman’s Trinity Western Spartans suffered a road loss in Alberta last weekend, falling 88-54 to the University of Lethbridge.

The GW Graham grad played a season-high 15 minutes, recording one assist and three rebounds.

Bannerman has seen limited action during the season, playing 45 total minutes so far and producing two points, five rebounds and three assists on the year.

Her Spartans are 10-8 overall, good for ninth in the Canada West standings.

They finish the regular season schedule on the road with games at UFV tonight and tomorrow.

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