Carrera Lamoureux of the Brandon Bobcats struggles to keep the ball in play during the opening minutes of a university basketball game against the UNBC Timberwolves at the BU Healthy Living Centre on Sunday. (BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN)
Brandon University Bobcats head coach Novell Thomas continues to search for a strong starting five.
For the second time in two games on the weekend, the Bobcats (0-12) got off to a slow start — falling behind 22-2 in the first quarter — before falling 77-47 to the Northern British Columbia Timberwolves (4-8) on Sunday afternoon at the Healthy Living Centre.
Thomas took it upon himself to find a group of five players who can come out of the gate with a sense of urgency, but he’s not seeing much of it from his players outside of fourth-year forward Chantel Gaslard.
"Naturally when you’re approaching the end of your collegiate career you have that sense of urgency in you," he said.
"Unfortunately it’s not contagious with our bunch. It’s one of those things where you want it to be contagious with that sense of urgency and everybody’s fighting for a common goal."
Gaslard had another solid day, leading Brandon with 12 points and eight rebounds. Stephanie Haynes added nine points while Alanna Johnston put up eight points in her nine minutes of playing time.
Aimee Johnston had eight rebounds.
Sunday’s game was originally scheduled to be played Saturday night, but it was delayed because UNBC’s bus broke down in Regina.
The Bobcats will now head off to B.C. for a road trip that will include games against the UBC Thunderbirds (9-3) on Friday and the Victoria Vikes (8-4) on Saturday.
CAT SCRAPS: Brandon F/G Kaela Cranston is expected to be out 1-2 weeks with a sprained ankle.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 14, 2013