Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Eckess and WolfPack hoping to climb the rankings into second half of U Sports season

Kyler Eckess is part of a
strong WolfPack bench
looking for more time on the
court as the 2016-17 season
moves ahead into January
The U Sports Canadian University season is moving along at a fast pace and for another former Rainmaker, the next level of basketball is providing for a whole new level of competition.

Kyler Eckess has been getting some spot duty through the first half of the season for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack, with Eckess part of a deep bench that has been inserted into play over the course of the first ten games of the 2016-17 campaign

Eckess and fellow Northwest baller Trent Monkman of Smithers are part of a good mix of veterans, returning players and newcomers to the WolfPack,  a group who are starting to gel on the court nicely as they stake a claim to eighth place in the Competitive Canada West conference.

With a fairly set starting five, the Prince Rupert sophomore has to be ready for any instance and opportunity that comes along.

The WolfPack program is one of hard work through the pace of practices and off court training sessions, making ready for the moment to grab some time on the court when the tap on the shoulder comes from the coaching staff on game days.

Heading into the Christmas break the current playing time look as follows:

Total Time:  9 minutes   Total Points:  4

December 3 (CWUAA Conference Play)
Thompson Rivers 92 vs UNBC 80
Minutes Played: 0   Total Points: 0

December 2 (CWUAA Conference Play)
Thompson Rivers 87 vs UNBC 71
Minutes Played: 2   Total Points: 1

November 26 (CWUAA Conference Play)
Thompson Rivers 68 vs UBC Okanagan 53
Minutes Played: 1   Total Points: 0

November 25  (CWUAA Conference Play)
Thompson Rivers 78 vs UBC Okanagan 75
Minutes Played: 0   Total Points: 0

November 19 (CWUAA Conference Play)
Alberta 83 vs Thompson Rivers 52
Minutes Played: 3   Total Points: 3

November 18 (CWUAA Conference Play)
Alberta 82 vs Thompson Rivers 79
Minutes Played: 0   Total Points: 0

November 12 
Thompson Rivers 77 vs Manitoba 72 (CWUAA Conference Play)
Minutes Played: 0   Total Points: 0

November 11
Manitoba 90 vs Thompson Rivers 68 (CWUAA Conference Play)
Minutes Played: 3   Total Points: 0

November 5 (CWUAA Conference Play)
UBC 78 vs Thompson Rivers 67
Minutes Played: 0   Total Points: 0

November 4 (CWUAA Conference Play)
UBC 96 vs Thompson Rivers 60
Minutes Played: 0   Total Points: 0


October 27
Thompson Rivers 71 vs Lakehead Thunderwolves 66
No Box Score Available

October 22
Thompson Rivers 92 vs Trinity Western Spartans 78
No Box Score Available

October 15
University of Saskatchewan Huskies 79 vs Thompson Rivers 77 (OT)
No Box Score Available

October 14
MacEwan Griffns 80 vs Thompson Rivers 74 (OT)
No Box Score Available

The WolfPack will be back in action later this month as they head to California for a Holiday tournament at Lancaster California on December 29 and 30th.

The schedule looks as follows:

December 29 
Thompson Rivers vs West Coast Baptist 5 PM

December 30
Thompson Rivers vs University of Antelope Valley 7 PM

When they head back into their regular schedule on January 6th the Wolf Pack take on another provincial rival with the University of Victoria Vikes in Kamloops for  two game series.

10 Games into their 2016-17 U Sports Season
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have a 5-5 Record

(as of December 4 2016)

Further background on the WolfPack season to date and more items related to Prince Rupert athletes in sports away from the North Coast can be found on our archive page.

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