Mannes leads Spartans to first victory

Monster game from Trinity Western point guard helps Spartans break into win column

TWU's Lucas Mannes had 36 points as the Spartans won their first game of the season, downing the Brandon Bobcats 87-78 on Jan. 30 at the Langley Events Centre.

TWU's Lucas Mannes had 36 points as the Spartans won their first game of the season, downing the Brandon Bobcats 87-78 on Jan. 30 at the Langley Events Centre.

The Trinity Western Spartans are winless no more.

Led by Canada West second star of the week, Lucas Mannes, the Spartans defeated the Brandon Bobcats 87-78 on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre.

The Bobcats had beat TWU 98-87 the night before and both teams are now 1-13.

The Spartans point guard had 36 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.

The teams were tied after three quarters, but TWU outscored Brandon 25-16 over the final 12 minutes.

Kelvin Smith (18 points, nine rebounds, two steals) and Vartan Tanielian (12 points) also added to the cause.

“Lucas, scored a lot, but he also played a really smart game at the end, managing the clock and the score,” commented TWU head coach Aaron Muhic on his point guards performance.

“Our guys really focused on defence tonight. We are being creative and as team we did a good job of shutting down their top scorers,” said Muhic.

“The guys played to win, which made it fun tonight.”

In Friday’s loss, Smith led the Spartans with 31 points while Mannes had 20 and Patrick Vandervelden had 11 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.