SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – The Trinity Western men's basketball team finished the Graham Shootout tournament with a solid 85-76 team victory over the MacEwan Griffins Saturday afternoon in Saskatoon, Sask.
The Spartans had a solid start and led 26-21 after the first quarter. TWU broke out in the second part of the half with a 30-18 edge to lead 56-39 at the half. The Griffins rallied in the third quarter and outscored the Spartans to cut TWU's lead to six points, 68-62. MacEwan continued to close the gap and trailed by five points, 77-73 with four minutes to go.
TWU fourth year guard Ethan DaSilva (Victoria, BC) made a three-pointer to give the Spartans breathing room leading 80-72. Down the stretch the two teams exchanged baskets as the Spartans finished off with the nine-point win.
The Spartans had a balanced attack with five players hitting double-digits in scoring. Fifth year guard Vartan Tanielian (Surrey, BC) with 17 points, fifth year forward Tee Maberry (Pasadena, Calf.) with 14 points and seven rebounds, and fifth year guard Josiah Allison (Abbotsford, BC) with 14 points led the TWU attack. Trinity Western third year guard Josiah Meppelink (Langley, BC) and third year centre Borja Soriano (Valencia, Spain) led the Spartans with eight rebounds each. Meppelink added 10 assists to his game total. MacEwan's Jake Notice led all players with 21 points for the Griffins.
- TWU had a strong shooting night going 50 percent (31-62) from the field and 59.1 percent (10-19) from the three point line, while MacEwan finished the night shooting 35.2 percent (25-17) from the filed and 31.6 percent (12-38) from the three point line.
- The Spartans had 41 rebounds and 17 turnovers, while the Griffins had 36 rebounds on the night and 11 turnovers.
The Spartans will head home for the Canada West season opener on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. Game times against the UBC Okanagan Heat are scheduled for 8 p.m. and 7 p.m. PT.