UALR falls 71-68 in exhibition opener vs. Calgary

UC Sports Info
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos opened up their season with a 71-68 win over NCAA Division I team University of Arkansas - Little Rock Trojans (UALR) on Thursday night at the Jack. 

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson led all scorers with 21 points, followed by teammate Philip Barndt who added another 14. For UALR, Will Neighbour led the Trojans with 15 points and James White scored another 14. 

As the first game the 2013-14 Dinos team has played together got underway, Calgary got off to a hot start. With both teams working out the kinks early on, the Dinos took a nine point lead by the end of the first quarter with a score of 19-10. Ogungbemi-Jackson was in fine form from the get-go, scoring 12 points in the first.

In the second, a number of players were hitting threes for the home team including Jasdeep Gill, Josh Owen-Thomas and rookie Jhony Verrone. With a significant lead of 30-18, the Trojans were forced to call a timeout to regroup.

Despite a timeout, and White taking a team-high lead in scoring with ten points, UALR was unable to close the gap before half time. The Dinos led 39-25 after two quarters and Ogungbemi-Jackson had a game-high 16 points. 

In the third quarter, the Trojans were slowly finding ways to chip away at the Dinos’ lead, including shutting down Ogungbemi-Jackson. Neighbour began to pick up the slack on UALR’s offence and they would find themselves within one half way through the quarter. 

With things getting scrappy on both ends of the court, the Dinos and the Trojans started to pick up the defence as the scoring halted  throughout the quarter. The Dinos would end the quarter with a lead of nine points at 54-45. 

Point guard Ogungbemi-Jackson finally got back on the board for the Dinos, scoring another three pointer to add to his 16 points in the game. Both teams continued to fight, with UALR getting within two, but another three-pointer from Gill would put Calgary back up by five halfway through the final quarter of the game.

Both teams would go scoreless for almost a full two minutes before some foul trouble from the Trojans allowed for the Dinos to score some easy points down the stretch.

Coming down to the wire, the Trojans called a timeout with just 45 seconds left in the game and down by just three points. Despite an easy layup for Neighbour, the Dinos responded with a huge dunk from Matt Letkeman that got the crowd on their feet. 

The Dinos finished off the game for the win by a score of 71-68.