Mon­gomo a mon­ster in UNBC vic­tory

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Cit­i­zen staff

Beat­ing the UBC Thun­der­birds once was sweet for the UNBC Timberwolves.

Pul­ing off a dou­ble whammy on con­sec­u­tive nights for their Satur­day dessert – a 79-61 win over the T-birds – was ab­so­lutely deca­dent.

T-wolves for­ward Maria Mon­gomo turned in her best game of the sea­son, shred­ding the Tbirds for 32 points and also con­tribut­ing seven re­bounds and five steals.

Mon­gomo was a Canada West women’s bas­ket­ball sec­ond-team all-star guard last sea­son, the first T-wolf ever to make a U Sports all-star list. The na­tive of Las Pal­mas, Spain, has been ham­pered by a knee in­jury but she had her radar work­ing Satur­day, play­ing on her home court at the North­ern Sport Cen­tre. She shot 11-for-17 from the field and 8-for-12 from three-point range.

Vasi­liki Louka fin­ished with 22 points and 13 re­bounds and Madi­son Landry had seven as­sists and six points. Jes­sica Han­son paced the T-birds with 17 points.

The T-wolves wiped out a seven-point UBC lead af­ter one quar­ter and led 36-34 at the half. With Mon­gomo shoot­ing out the lights, Twolves guard Alina Skakirova did her job shad­ow­ing Mad­di­son Penn, lim­it­ing the T-birds’ lead­ing scorer to just seven points.The win left the T-wolves with a 2-4 record, while UBC dropped to 3-3. UNBC won 75-65 on Fri­day.

In the men’s game which fol­lowed at the NSC, the UBC T-birds com­pleted a two-game sweep of the T-wolves, de­feat­ing the home side 104-72. Phil Jalalpoor pro­vided a game­high 34 points and Conor Mor­gan hit for 22. Volodymyr Pluzh­nikov led the UNBC cause with 17 points and four as­sists. Mar­cus MacKay had a 10-point game for the T-wolves.

The T-birds, who beat the T-wolves 100-85 on Fri­day, im­proved their sixth-place record to 4-2 while UNBC’s record fell to 2-4.

The T-wolves host the Regina Cougars this com­ing week­end.


Dan Stark of the UNBC Timberwolves looks for a play against the check­ing of UBC Thun­der­bird play­ers Pa­trick Si­mon (11) and An­thony Mon­ish (6) on Satur­day night at the North­ern Sport Cen­tre. The T-birds com­pleted a week­end sweep with a 104-72 win.

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