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Maya Among TRU WolfPack Basketball Players Showing Growth Amid Losing Season; the home final scheduled for Wednesday

Asher Mayan recorded a grand total of 33 minutes in his rookie season for the TRU WolfPack men’s basketball team, the 2019-20 campaign.

Asher Mayan recorded a grand total of 33 minutes in his rookie season for the TRU WolfPack men’s basketball team, the 2019-20 campaign.

The Langley sophomore forward had a career-high 33 points last Thursday and finished the competition – a 94-87 loss to the nation’s eighth-ranked men’s varsity basketball team, the Victoria Vikes – with 478 minutes under his belt this season.

Instances of growth within the team, which is made up mostly of first- and second-year players and does not include any fourth- or fifth-year athletes, encouraged Mayan and the WolfPack (4-11) for the future. .

“We’ve played against a lot of quality teams,” said Mayan, a 6-foot-5 forward who graduated from Langley Christian School. “UBC and UVic [both of which recently posted two-game sweeps of TRU] are among the best teams in the country. And it’s not like we blow ourselves up every game. It motivates us. »

The WolfPack has three games left on its regular season schedule, including the home final on Wednesday, when the Trinity Western Spartans (7-9) from Langley come to town.

Game time is 5 p.m. at TCC.

“First of all, I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to play,” Mayan said. “I think we’re all just happy to be back after the COVID year, not being able to play.

“A lot of this year has been spent working and improving our team chemistry and I think that has paid off for a lot of us.”

TRU will wrap up the regular season roster with road games against Victoria and UBC and enter the 17-team playoff tournament March 3-5 in Calgary.

“We know if we keep improving, next year we can turn some of those tight losses into wins,” Mayan said.

“We didn’t start this season with huge expectations, especially with the youngsters we have. I feel good for next year.

Meanwhile, the WolfPack women’s basketball team finished its regular season last weekend with a pair of road losses.

The UBC Thunderbirds defeated TRU 80-35 in Vancouver on Saturday, a night after the hometown Vikes rebounded the Pack 81-56.

TRU (1-17) will next be in action in the playoff tournament in March in Calgary.