Di­nos stomp Tim­ber­wolves

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Ted CLARKE Ci­ti­zen staff tclarke@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

Erin McIn­tosh knew she would get a warm re­cep­tion when she walked out onto the court at the North­ern Sport Cen­tre.

There were about 30 fam­ily mem­bers sit­ting in the stands cheer­ing ev­ery move the 19-year-old Cal­gary Di­nos’ start­ing guard made as she took on their UNBC Tim­ber­wolves in the U Sports Canada West sea­son opener.

The pro-UNBC el­e­ment of the crowd didn’t like it but McIn­tosh and the Di­nos dic­tated the pro­ceed­ings from start to fin­ish, rolling over the T-wolves 80-55.

“This gym is new for me, I hadn’t played here be­fore so it was ex­cit­ing for me and I’m so grate­ful my fam­ily could come and watch,” said McIn­tosh.

“For us, (be­ing a starter) isn’t a huge deal be­cause ev­ery­body plays a lot, we’re a deep team and it’s just a great thing to be a part of.”

McIn­tosh’s dad Mike played high school bas­ket­ball at Prince Ge­orge Col­lege un­til he left the city in 1985 to move to at­tend the Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta and she still has plenty of rel­a­tives in P.G., who made the third-year Dino feel right at home. She picked up four points, hauled in three re­bounds and forced two turnovers.

The Di­nos’ three-point shoot­ing was dev­as­tat­ing in the first half and they hit nine of 16 from long range in the open­ing 20 min­utes. Five dif­fer­ent play­ers got in the act and none were as ac­cu­rate as Bobbi Jo Col­burn.

The sec­ond-year guard from Cran­brook was good on four of her five three­p­oint at­tempts on her way to a 16-point game.

Bri­anna Ghali hit for 13 Cal­gary points while Lat­vian im­port Shan­non Hatch shot 10 points and had seven re­bounds.

The T-wolves lacked co­he­sive­ness in their at­tacks and all too of­ten fal­tered when they gen­er­ated good looks at the net.

Vasi­liki Louka, the T-wolves’ six-foot­three fourth-year post, got off to a great start with nine points in the first quar­ter but was held with­out a point in the next 10 min­utes lead­ing into the break. She ended up with a game-high 17 points after a near-per­fect 11-for-12 per­for­mance from the foul line.

Held in the check in the early go­ing, Maria Mon­gomo, UNBC’s lead­ing scorer last sea­son, got her shoot­ing act to­gether in the sec­ond quar­ter and fired off nine points be­fore the half ended. The thirdyear na­tive of Spain fin­ished the game with 15 points, but wasn’t up to her usual speedy self.

“They shot very good, it was 56 per cent in the first half and 43 per cent to­tal,” said UNBC head coach Sergey Shchep­otkin. “(Mon­gomo) is fight­ing with her health, she has knee prob­lems. It was good that she played today. It wasn’t the rea­son we lost but it was one of the rea­sons. We don’t have the (healthy) con­di­tion we had at the be­gin- ning of Oc­to­ber. It will take awhile to re­cover.”

The T-wolves fin­ished the first half with 31 points, good enough to be close in most games, but not when you al­low 49.

Fri­day’s game marked the T-wolves’ de­but of Abby Gibb, now in her fourth col­lege sea­son, and she shared point guard du­ties with Emily Holmes. Gibb joined UNBC in the off-sea­son after two years in U Sports with Mount Royal and year in the Al­berta col­lege league at St. Mary’s.

“They were def­i­nitely hot on the three­p­oint line and we should be a bit more ag­gres­sive on the threes just be­cause they are a three-point shoot­ing team, said Gibb. “If we stick to­gether as a team and play our game we’ll be good for (Satur­day’s) game.”

UNBC trailed 71-28 through three quar­ters. The T-wolves held the Di­nos to nine points in the fourth quar­ter but scored only seven.

“We kind of stepped off the gas a bit, we had our de­fen­sive stops but we couldn’t quite keep our of­fence rolling there,” said McIn­tosh. ence for the Di­nos, ac­count­ing for more than half the of­fence with 38 points.

He helped lead an 18-2 run in the fourth quar­ter. The T-wolves has plenty to chances to keep pace with the Di­nos down the stretch, get­ting well within range, but missed with their shots.

An­drew Mil­ner was the only other Cal­gary shooter to reach dou­ble fig­ures with 10 points.

Daniel Stark, mak­ing his re­turn to the T-wolves after a three-year ab­sence, led UNBC with an 11-point game, while Mar­cus MacKay fin­ished with 10. Nolan Han­son, com­ing off a knee in­jury that forced him to miss the bet­ter part of two sea­sons, con­trib­uted five points.

The T-wolves, backed by some steady shoot­ing from Stark, MacKay and James Agye­man, brought the crowd into it early, match­ing the Di­nos step for step in a back-and-forth first quar­ter. They trailed Cal­gary by just one point, 18-17, head­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter.

Di­awara, a fourth-year guard from Mon­treal, showed why he’s one of the most deadly shoot­ers in the con­fer­ence, set­ting the tone for Cal­gary with 19 first-half points and they led 32-26 at the half. He ended up 9-for-15 from the field and was good on 10 of 11 free throws in the game.

The same teams meet again tonight at the NSC. The women’s game starts at 5 p.m. and the men follow at 7.

The T-wolves are on the road at Trin­ity Western next week­end, then play host to UBC and Regina for dou­ble­head­ers the fol­low­ing two week­ends.

CI­TI­ZEN PHOTO BY JAMES DOYLE

UNBC Tim­ber­wolves for­ward Maria Mon­gomo drives hard to the net past Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary Di­nos for­ward Erin McIn­tosh on Fri­day night at North­ern Sport Cen­tre.

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