The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Heat hit the road

PREVIEW: Heat hit the road

Game Times (PST) 

FRIDAY, NOV 11th, 2016:
6 PM | Heat Men's Basketball (1-1) vs. the Brandon Bobcats (0-2) | Webcast | Live Stats

SATURDAY, NOV 12th, 2016:
5 PM | Heat Men's Basketball vs. the Brandon Bobcats  | Webcast | Live Stats

*Ticket Information | All matches to be played at the HLC, Brandon, MB

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (2-6, 1-1 Canada West)

CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: T-2nd
Last week: 1-1 vs. Trinity Western
Streak: 1L
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: 
With their home opener completed, the Heat will now head on the road to the prairies to play Brandon University this weekend. The two Bobcats and the Heat will open the weekend on Friday (Nov. 11) with a game that will begin at 6 p.m. (PST). The second game between the two teams will be played on Saturday (Nov. 12) with a tip-off of  5 p.m. (PST). Both the games will take place at the HLC in Brandon, MB.

Current Form: UBC Okanagan began their season with a split at home versus the Trinity Western Spartans. UBCO finished the first game scoring 59 second half points leading to an impressive 16 point win on Friday (87-71). On Saturday, the second half scoring couldn't be replicates as the Heat fell by five (79-74) they now stand at a record of (1-1) and hold the fourth place in Canada West. 

Key Players:  It took just one game but fifth year guard Mitch Goodwin was able to finish Friday night's game with 18 points and surpassed the all time scoring record for the UBC Okanagan men's basketball team. He broke the record by two on Friday and then added seven on Saturday for a career total of 1037. Goodwin has 18 more regular season games to play and continue to add to his total points school record. Junior Aldrich Berrios led the way both nights offensively scoring 26 on Friday night and 18 on Saturday. His shooting has been solid at a 43.8 shooting percentage from the field and has hit on (9-22) from beyond the arc, putting him first in Canada West in that category.

Team Stat: With two games under their belt, the Heat are shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 43.6 percent from beyond the arc. With an impressive average from the three point line, the Heat are now second in the country from long range.

Overall Head to Head vs BDN:  (0-3) The Heat have yet to claim a win against the Bobcats since their entry into Canada West 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

BRANDON BOBCATS (0-2 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: T-4th
Last week: 0-2 @ Alberta
Streak: 2 L
2015-16 CW Regular

Bobcats: On Friday the Heat will play the Brandon Bobcats, who are coming off of two road losses. The home squad will be looking for a win in their den this weekend. The Bobcats have not matched up with UBC Okanagan since January of 2014.

Current Form: The Bobcats were in Edmonton for their opening games. They lost both to the Golden Bears, Friday (76-64) and on Saturday (83-67). Hoem for the first time Bobcats will be eager to end their losing streak against.

Key Players: Tyvon Cooper is leading the way for the Bobcats so far this season. With 34 points in the first weekend of games, Cooper is well equipped to score for the Bobcats. John Paul (Forward / 4th-year / Bexon, St. Lucia)  was the preseason player to look out for, John Paul brings a big, physical presence to the paint that the Bobcats need. After transferring from Tyler Junior College in Texas, Paul has now been in Brandon for a year and is used to the pace and play of Canada West basketball. After leading the team in blocks last season (32), Paul is expected to see an increase in playing time and shore up the defensive end for the Bobcats.

Team Stat: The Bobcats are shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 26.6 percent from beyond the arc. 

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2015 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 70.7 PPG, 14th
Defence: 83.5 PPG, 16th

2015 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 17.0 - D.J. Jordan, G
Assists per game: 2.7 - Troy Grant, G
Rebounds per game: 8.0 – Earl Thompson Jr, F
Blocks per game: 1.6 – John Paul, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team): 

Josh Bell / G / 2 / Mississauga, ON / Lakehead
Tyvon Cooper / G / 3 / Middletown, NY / Orange County College
Girece Kazumba / G / 2 / Toronto, ON / Vermillion College
Kobyn Jopp / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / Sir Winston Churchill High School

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program): 

D.J. Jordan / G / Wichita Falls, TX / 2
Troy Grant / G / Brampton, ON / 1
Ryan Hawley / G / Winnipeg, MB / 3

Season Record: 1-19, 10th in Pioneer Division
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: DNQ
2015-16 Overall Record: 1-19
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: 2002 / 1
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: 1996 / 4
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