Huskies add U.S. import for second half


Coming off a 5-3 first-half in Canada West regular season play and a solid pre-season during which Huskies battled #4 Calgary Dinos down to the wire at their own tournament, coach Barry Rawlyk has added a potential impact guard in 6’3″ Lawrence Moore, a transfer from Bakersfield (Ca.) Junior College where he starred for two seasons with the Renegades.  Moore came into his own in his sophomore season at the California juco in 2015-16, shooting 50% from the floor including 35% 3’s (30-84 in 30 games) with a 12.2 points/3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists stat line.  Moore averaged 12.9 points per game as a freshman at Bakersfield in 2013-14 (he sat out 2014-15) including a career-high 29 points in one game.  The slick guard ventured west after a solid high school career at Proviso West High in Hillside, IL (suburb of Chicago), finishing his senior season in 2012-13… Huskies, who host UBC Thunderbirds this coming weekend in Saskatoon in one of the higher-profile pair of games across the country, spent a portion of the holidays training in California and split a pair of games against NAIA Golden State Athletic Conference opponents, coming from 15 points down to defeat Hope International 67-60 behind 6’6″ Shane Osayande‘s 20 points and 16 rebounds in their opener.  The following night, Huskies bowed 89-72 to Vanguard U. with Osayande again leading the way with 22 points and 8 rebounds.  Saskatchewan did not have their newcomer Moore in the lineup for either game but the 6’3″ guard is eligible and available this weekend… UBC meanwhile went 1-2 during a trip to Phoenix, Arizona and their tough front line led by another Moser Award candidate 6’9″ Conor Morgan should provide an interesting set of challenges for 6’6″ Matt Forbes, who continues to work back into his top, all-Canada-West-esque form.  6’6″ Jordan Jensen-Whyte is likely to be Huskies main focus on the wing.  In another interesting two-game battle, Victoria Vikes travel to Kamloops for a meeting with Thompson Rivers WolfPack among other games in Canada West.

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