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PREVIEW: Heat look to hand T-Birds first defeat

PREVIEW: Heat look to hand T-Birds first defeat

Game Times (PST) 

FRIDAY, DEC 2nd, 2016:
8 PM | Heat Men's Basketball (1-7) at the #2 UBC Thunderbirds (6-0)
Webcast | Live Stats

SATURDAY, DEC 3rd, 2016:
7 PM | Heat Men's Basketball at the #2 UBC Thunderbirds
Webcast | Live Stats

^Ticket Information | All games to be played at the War Memorial Gym, Vancouver, BC


UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (2-12, 1-7 Canada West)

CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 7th
Last week: 0-2 @ TRU
Streak: 7L
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 8-12, 5th in Explorer Division
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: N/A
2015-16 Overall Record: 12-15
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: N/A
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: N/A


This week for the Heat: 
The Heat men will play their final games of 2016 away from home, continuing their road trip as they head to the coast this weekend to play UBC before starting their winter break. The sister schools will play two games at the Vancouver campus' War Memorial Gymnasium, at 8 p.m. on Friday night and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Current Form: The Heat have had a rough start to their season, with a lone win in their eight games so far. A pair of losses to the WolfPack last weekend at TRU dropped the UBCO men's record to (1-7), and they now sit last in Canada West. They will be looking to chance that against UBC before going into winter break.

Key Players:  Junior guard Aldrich Berrios is continuing as a force for the Heat. With an impressive 21 made three-point shots out of his 55 attempts, Berrios is fourth in the U Sports standings for that category. As Berrios continues to be a key scorer for the Heat, he also leads the way in assists. With 33 assists so far this season, the third year shooting guard is ninth in U Sports. Following Berrios is senior Mitch Goodwin, who is averaging 13.9 points per game.

Team Stat: With the 2016 part of their season almost finished before winter break, the Heat are now shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line.

Overall Head to Head vs UBC : (0-6) The Heat have yet to beat the Thunderbirds since the Okanagan campus joined CIS in 2011.

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
Matt LaFontaine / G / 1 / Kelowna, BC / Kelowna Secondary
Triston Matthews / G / 1 / West Vancouver, BC / Sentinel
Justin Melnychuk / G / 1 / Kamloops, BC / St. Ann's
Nav Sandhu / G/G / 1 / Kelowna, BC / Kelowna Secondary
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
Randall Mosca / G / Calgary, AB / 1
Cameron Servatius / G / Chilliwack, BC / 2
Dean Johnston / F / Port Coquitlam / 2

#2 UBC Thunderbirds (6-0 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: No. 2
CanWest Standings: T-2nd
Last week: 2-0 @/vs Victoria
Streak: 6W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 16-4, 2nd in Pioneer Division
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 3-2, Bronze; 5th at CIS Final 8
2015-16 Overall Record: N/A
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: 2013 / 10
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: 1972 / 2

Thunderbirds : On Friday the Heat will play UBC, who currently sit in second place in Canada West with a perfect (6-0) record. The institutional rivalry has been dominated by the elder of the two campuses, as the Heat have yet to take a game from the T-Birds on either the men's or women's side, a statistic that UBCO will be looking to change this weekend.

Current Form: The Thunderbirds are perfect so far this season, and are coming off of back-to-back wins in a home-and-home series against Victoria.

Key Players: Forward Conor Morgan is the leading man for the Thunderbirds this year. With an accurate shot from the field, Morgan has made 52 shots out of his 85 attempts, giving him a 61.2 percentage and placing him sixth in both U Sports categories. Morgan is also making 24.3 shots per game, making him a key component to the T-Birds' scoring strategy. Will Ondrik is also a providing for the T-Birds, averaging 11.2 points per game.

Team Stat: The Thunderbirds are a tenacious rebounding team, averaging 15.5 offensive rebounds a which puts them first in Canada for that category. As a team, the Thunderbirds are consistently making it to the free throw line and are hitting 20.3 shots a game from the stripe, putting them first in that category as well.

preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:
Offence: 83.6 PPG, 3rd
Defence: 71.0 PPG, 2nd

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:
Points per game: 15.0 – Jordan Jensen-Whyte, G
Assists per game: 3.1 – Jordan Jensen-Whyte, G
Rebounds per game: 7.3 – Conor Morgan, G
Blocks per game: 1.5 – Conor Morgan, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
Justin McChesney / F / 1 / Prince Rupert, B.C. / Charles Hays Secondary
Izaiah Ugoalah / G / 1 / Vancouver, B.C. / Sir Winston Churchill Secondary
Isaiah Familia / G / Windsor, Ont. / Holy Names Catholic
Parker Simson / G / Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Secondary

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
David Wagner / F / Kamloops, B.C. / 5

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