The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Heat look to build on record start in Kamloops against TRU

PREVIEW: Heat look to build on record start in Kamloops against TRU

What you need to know


  • The Heat men will renew their rivalry with B.C. interior foes, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack, this weekend in Kamloops for a two-game set.
  • UBCO continues their best start in program history, as they come into the fifth weekend of conference play with a 5-3 record, tied for fourth in Canada West.
  • This matchup is part of the Presidents Cup Trophy which is a challenge between the Heat and WolfPack across all Canada West competitions.
  • Thompson Rivers is 2-4 on their season and are coming off back-to-back losses against the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, NOV 23rd 

Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Game
12:45 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (5-3) at the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (2-4) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ TCC, Kamloops, BC

SATURDAY, Nov 24th 

Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Game
2:45 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat at the Thompson Rivers WolfPack | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ TCC, Kamloops, BC


Olynk's homecoming:

  • Heat head coach Ken Olynk is going to find himself in a different situation then he's used to this weekend, coaching against the school he was at as Athletic Director for 15 years.
  • The former AD at Thompson Rivers, Olynk helped the program host two different U SPORTS National Championships in 2010 with men's volleyball and then last year (2017) with men's soccer.
  • He had also made life better for student-athletes through initiatives like the scholarship breakfast, which he founded in his time there.

Weekend split in Calgary:

  • The Heat would start their four-game road trip last weekend against the Mount Royal Cougars and would struggle in the second half of the opening game, eventually falling 85-73.
  • It was a much better performance the following night on the road, as the game come down to the wire, it was David Okoroafor hitting two free throws with four seconds left to give UBCO an 80-78 win and improve their record to 5-3 a month into the season.
  • Hafith Moallin stuffed the stat sheet all weekend for the Heat as he had 36 points, 16 rebounds, nine steals and seven assists in the two-game set on the road.

Presidents Cup Trophy:

  • Men's basketball will be the thirdportion of the Kelowna versus Kamloops university competition of the Presidents' Cup between the schools. The Cup is handed out at the end of every season for the cumulative best school in head-to-head results in each gender of Canada West competition.
  • Last season TRU took home the men's and women's Cup. 2019 Scoring MatrixFull History

Head to head with the WolfPack: (5-7)

  • In the fall of 2017 these two teams split the weekend series in Kelowna with the 'Pack earning an 81-75 victory the first night but the Heat capturing the second by a 57-53 final score.

Scouting Thompson Rivers

Early season recap:

  • This TRU team is coming off a tough weekend on the road against the No. 4 ranked UBC Thunderbirds, they fell by 88-60 and 98-78 scorelines in the War Memorial Gym.
  • Their two wins so far this season came in the season-opener against the UFV Cascades in overtime (69-64) along with an 80-70 home win against Victoria the following weekend.
  • Following four of the first six games away from home, the 'Pack will start a four-game home stand this weekend.

Balanced attack:

  • Coming into this weekend, four different WolfPack players are averaging double-figures in points with three of these being seniors.
  • Joe Davis and Anton Bilous are the two leaders on the offensive end, as they both are averaging over 13 points a contest six games into the conference season.
  • Derek Rhodes and Michael Rouault are not far behind as they each are scoring just over 10 points a game, including Rhodes being a perfect 16-of-16 from the charity stripe.