Kyle Coston: 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
LANGLEY,BC–The Trinity Western men’s basketball team dropped their preseason opener to Ball State 114-71. The Spartans hosted their first NCAA Div. 1 game of the summer and received more then they could handle from the high powered hot shooting Ball State offence.
The Spartans came out of the gate strong and took the early lead, led by Kyle Coston who had 14 points in the first quarter alone on route to his game high 27 points. The first quarter was neck and neck with the Spartans up 19-16 with two minutes left in the quarter, but that was the last lead the Spartans took part in.
Partway through the second quarter, the Ball State Cardinals went on a 23-1 run which broke the game wide open, and was too much of a margin for the Spartans to climb back into the game.
The Cardinals used the three-ball to build a comfortable lead,; hitting six threes in a row at one point during the aformentioned 23-1 run and shot 57.1% from behind the arc for the game.
The third quarter was much of the same for the Spartans as they were outscored in the second and third quarter 65-23. At the end of the third the Cardinals were up 91-46. TWU did outscore the Cardinals in the fourth quarter which was the Spartans best run, however too little too late.
Scott Allen’s crew will be in for a challenge this season as they lost four major contributors of last seasons silver medal team. One of those players they lost was Jacob Doerksen who had an outstanding CIS career, full of awards and achievments that include CIS player of the year in 2009 and CIS rookie of the year in 2006.
TWU had four players in double figures led by Coston’s 27, accompanied with a team-high six rebounds.
Tristan Smith anchored the Spartans offense with five assists.
Ball State beat TWU in every statistical category, particularly on the boards, as the Cardinals outrebounded the Spartans 52-36.
The Cardinals bench outscored the Spartans bench 43-9, led by Zeke Chapman;s 17 points. Zeke Chapman is son of former NBA player and Kentucky star Rex Chapman who was in attendance watching his son.
The Cardinals had five players score double figures and were led by Jauwaan Scaifes.
Ball State continues their B.C. tour in Victoria Saturday and Vancouver Island University Sunday afternoon. The TWU Spartans will be back in action hosting University of Texas Arlington Wednesday Aug 17.
PHOTO COURTESY: TWU ATHLETICS