The Trinity Western University men's basketball team completed its four-game China tour Friday with an 86-70 win over Beijing Sports University.
The Spartans, who finished the trip with a 3-0-1 record, shut down Beijing defensively and were monsters on the glass as they pulled down 27 offensive rebounds.
Trinity Western's Calvin Westbrook led the team offensively with 17 points while Kyle Coston had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Eli Mara added 12 points for the winners.
Trinity Western is now 4-1-1 in the pre-season.
"This was our best defensive effort of the season," Spartans coach Scott Allen said. "The combined effort of the team on the defensive end was a major improvement and collectively we wore down the Beijing team by relentless offensive rebounding. It was a good opportunity to spread the minutes evenly as every one of our players played over 10 minutes and each player hit the scoresheet."
The Spartans took an early 17-9 lead after the first quarter and kept building from there.
At halftime, Trinity Western was up 38-29 and after the third quarter it was 65-42 for TWU, before the Spartans put it into cruise control to win by 16 points.
Before the game, the Spartans had a remembrance of life for guard Niko Monachini's father, Aldo, who passed away last year at this time.
Everyone dedicated their last game in China to him.
The Spartans returned to Langley Saturday and continue to prepare for the Canada West regular season's opening weekend, when they will host Victoria Nov. 4-5.
LANGLEY CRIBBAGE LEAGUE
Scores as of Oct. 13
Milner 19, Harmsworth 17 Murrayville 20, Willoughby 16 Fort Langley 21, Langley 15
Murrayville 43, Milner 40, Willoughby 37, F. Langley 36, Harmsworth 30, Langley 30