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PREVIEW: Heat look to continue hot start at home against Brandon

PREVIEW: Heat look to continue hot start at home against Brandon

What you need to know

  • Coming off back-to-back wins in the opening weekend of conference play, the men's basketball team will look to continue their momentum this weekend when they host the Brandon Bobcats for a two game set.
  • Sharp-shooter Aldrich Berrios would became the program's all-time leading scorer last weekend, passing Mitch Goodwin (1204) who previously had the record. Berrios now has 1218 points scored in CW season play.
  • This marks the best opening weekend start since the Heat joined the Canada West in 2011-2012, with two wins (2-0). 
  • Brandon is coming of a 9-11 season in which they made the playoffs by a single game. They opened their new season last weekend with a split against the Manitoba Bisons. 



Basketball (W) / Canada West Home Opener
6 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-2) vs the Brandon Bobcats (0-2) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium


Basketball (W) / Canada West Conference Game
5 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Brandon Bobcats | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

Last weekend's recap:

  • It was an exciting weekend as the Heat would win both of their road games against the Spartans on Friday 75-73, and on Saturday 97-88.
  • On Friday's game, the 20 points scored from Aldrich Berrios would help him surpass the former Heat player Mitch Goodwin for the most points in Heat Men's basketball history (1204). The third quarter of the game was the turning point as UBCO out scored the Spartans 25-11 in the frame.
  • Philip Okanlawon would score his career high 31 points to help the Heat winning their second win on Saturday. Triston Matthews would add 20 points while Berrios would submit a comprehensive stat with nine points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.

Record setting individuals:

  • Berrios tied the scoring record with a three late in the Friday night game and then he took over as the top point getter with another three that also iced the win for UBCO. He has made 218 threes in his career, the sixth highest total in CW history and most amongst active players. His 2.675 made threes a game in his career is the third highest mark in Canada West.
  • Second-year Guard Philip Okanlawon is coming off his best game in a Heat uniform, as he scored a career-high 31 points on 10-17 shooting from the field in the Saturday night win last weekend. For the weekend Okanalawon netted 51 points, 15 rebounds, and made 10 of his 22 three point attempts.

Head to head with the Bobcats: (0-5)

  • The last time these two teams met was in the fall of the 2016-17 season, when the Heat went to Manitoba and would fall in both matchups.

Scouting Brandon

Last season's finish:

  • It was a consistent season for the Bobcats as they would finish the regular season at 9-11, and clinch the final playoff spot; however, they lost their postseason game to the Manitoba Bisons (82-76).
  • One of the best scoring teams in the conference, Brandon averaged nearly 84 points a game last season which was in the top half of the Canada West.

Last Weekend's Recap:

  • The Bobcats would finish their opening home conference games with a 1-1 record against the Manitoba Bisons. They lost to the Bisons on Friday 78-88, but they would win on Saturday in a 101-100 nail-biter.
  • Troy Grant, Tyvon Cooper, and Pookie Saunders would each score 20+ points in Saturday's game to help the Bobcats overcome a 16 point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Impact Player:

  • Veteran Guard Tyvon Cooper will be one the decisive offensive players from the Bobcats. On Friday, he was the scoring leader as he put up 25 points along with seven assists in the Bobcats' loss (78-88). The following day, he would score 26 points along with five rebounds in the tight win.

New additions:

Kevone Philip / F / 1 / Montreal, QC Ecole Saint Henri
Tarik Scott / Jr. / 3 / Port Coquitlam, BC / MacEwan University


2019 Graduation
June 7, 2019 2019 Graduation