The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Road trip to Langley to open up Canada West play for Heat

PREVIEW: Road trip to Langley to open up Canada West play for Heat

What you need to know

  • The Heat men's basketball team will open up their Canada West campaign this weekend on the road in Langley against Trinity Western.
  • New head coach Ken Olynk had his team play three preseason contests prior to this weekend, including a one point loss against Thompson Rivers
  • Trinity is coming off of a 3-17 season and is looking to find the success their volleyball teams have on the basketball court.



Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Opener
 PM PT | UBC Okanagan Heat (0-0) at the Trinity Western Spartans (0-0)  | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC


Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Game
7 PM PT | UBC Okanagan Heat at the Trinity Western Spartans | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC

Preseason recap:

  • It was a quiet preseason schedule for the Heat as they only played three tune up games, all of which were on home court.
  • While the Heat did not pick up any wins against MacEwan, UNBC and Thompson Rivers, they showed signs of life offensively, scoring on average 71 points a game. This is over 10 points a game better then last years mark of 60 points a contest.
  • The closest game of the preseason slate came against interior foes Thompson Rivers, as they dropped a tight 78-77 game in Kelowna. Four Heat players would finish in double-figures with Aldrich Berrios leading the way with 20 points in the contest. Rookie Hafith Moallin would drop 18 points along with eight assists to help the Heat and swing man Triston Matthews would finish with 18. Rookie Jarrett Larssen would come off the bench for UBCO and finish with 13 points to his name in just 10 minutes of action.

Players to watch:

  • Rookie point guard Hafith Moallin will be a much needed addition to the Heat backcourt heading into the conference season, as the Missisauga product averaged 13 points a game during the preseason run along with four assists.
  • Triston Matthews will look to improve on a career-best 11.0 points a game from last season as the two-way player scored over 11 points a contest in all three of the preseason tuneups along with averaging seven rebounds a contest.

Head to head with the Spartans: (2-6)

  • The last time these two teams met was in the fall of the 2016-17 season, when the Heat and Spartans split the weekend series in Langely.
  • Senior Aldrich Berrios would drop 26 points in a 87-71 Heat win that weekend, including making six of 11 shots from behind the arc.

Scouting Trinity Western

Last season's finish:

  • It was a tough 2017-18 season for the Spartans, as they would miss the conference playoffs following a regular season record of 3-17.
  • After a tough start, TWU would capture three of their final nine Canada West contests, including wins against MacEwan, Thompson Rivers and UFV.
  • The main reason for the troubles during last season was the lack of defense, as they allowed a conference-worst 92.2 points a game, including allowing six opponents to score over 100 points on them.

Impact players:

  • Fifth year wing Vartan Tanielian will be the Spartans go-to offensive weapon throughout much of the 2018-19 season. Last year, he was second only to the now graduated Pogos Trunyan in team scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. He was also third on the team in both rebounds, collecting 4.7 per game, and steals, with 0.8 per game.

New additions:

  • Borja Soriano / F / 3 / Valencia, Spain / Barstow College
  • Jack Nadelhoffer / F / 4 / Tigard, Ore. / Jesuit


2019 Graduation
June 7, 2019 2019 Graduation