What you need to know
GAME TIMES (PST)
Both Canada West conference matches matches to be played at the CARSA Performance Gym, Victoria, BC.
- The Heat have been battled tested in the pre-season as they have played seven different tune-ups to get ready for the conference season.
- Five of these seven games have been decided by two possessions or less.
Player to watch
- Fourth year Human Kinetics student Aldrich Berrios will look to improve on a career-best 17.6 points per game along with being the team's top rebounder at 4.8 RPG. Berrios was also second in the conference with 691 minutes played starting all 20 games for the Heat, averaging 34.5 minutes per game throughout the season.
- The Heat will feature three transfers who will look to make an instant impact in their first conference action for the squad.
- Aloysius Callaghan is combo guard from Calgary who has played for SAIT, Mount Royal, and the University of Calgary and at all stops has shown a propensity at scoring.
- Kyrin Cybenk comes to the team from LakeLand College and last season he finished fourth in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in total rebounds with 214.
- 6'7" Ben Kornelsen has two years of post-secondary competition under his belt, having played as a starter for a pair of seasons with Briercrest College in Caronport, Saskatchewan.
Overall Head to Head (UBCO v VIC) (0-6)
- The Heat have never beaten the Vikes in Canada West history.
Scouting the Vikes
- The team from the island will have their home and season-opener on Friday.
- The Vikes lost their leading scorer, rebounder, assisted and blocker with the departure of third year player Grant Sitton
- Mason Loewen / G / 4 / Victoria, B.C. / Rockhurst University
- Jordan Charles / G / 4 / Duncan, B.C. / Brentwood College
- Eric Hegadoren / C / 1 / Victoria, B.C. / Lambrick Park
Player to watch
Jordan Charles, Guard
Returning to the team after missing all of last season due to injury, Charles is going to be counted on as a leader both on and off the court for a Vikes team that doesn't feature a single fifth-year athlete. The guard from Duncan, B.C. has already been a standout during pre-season for the Vikes, leading the team in scoring in four of their eight games.