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PREVIEW: Heat look to cool off Cascades in last series before New Year

PREVIEW: Heat look to cool off Cascades in last series before New Year

What you need to know

  • Last weekend of Heat men's basketball action, close out the 2018 schedule on their home court hosting the UFV Cascades, this Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.).
  • Triston Matthews is in a hot zone lately. With 21 points on Saturday against the WolfPack, Matthews has finished with 20 or more points for the fifth time this season.
  • Despite the two losses last weekend, the Heat are still in the playoffs, sitting in 10th in the Canada West men's basketball standings.
  • After winning the weekend series in Abbotsford against a visiting UNBC squad by margins of 19 and 16 points (81-62, 85-79), the Cascades are currently on a roll with five straight wins.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, NOV 30th 

Basketball  (M) / Canada West Conference Game
8 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (5-5) vs the UFV Cascades (6-4) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

SATURDAY, Dec 1st 

Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Game
7 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the UFV Cascades | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium


Hot-handed player:

  • Triston Matthews, the third year guard from North Vancouver, is having a spectacular junior season for UBCO, he is currently averaging 18 points per game, tops for the Heat and eight in the Canada West conference in scoring. 
  • Second-year Jacob Stokker has scored exactly 15 points in three of his last four games for UBCO, the one game he didn't get 15, he scored none thanks to an in-game injury in Calgary against Mount Royal. 

WolfPack-itis

  • The Heat have had trouble winning in Kamloops, and the trend continued last weekend dropping both to the WolfPack. Winless in the Den since 2013-14, the Heat are now (2-7) lifetime in Kamloops and boast a winning record (5-4) at home versus TRU. 
  • The 66-points scored on Friday afternoon in the 82-66 point loss was the second-lowest output this season for UBCO and only the second time the scored less than 70. Last season 75 percent of contests saw UBCO held to under 70 points.

Head to head with the UFV: (3-13)

  • Last season, these two teams played a weekend series in Fraser Valley with the Cascades captured both games by 68-61 and 86-67 scorelines.

Scouting the Cascades

Recent Success:

  • Winners of five in a row the Cascades are (6-4) and have vaulted into a fourth-place tie atop the Canada West standings. Calgary is in first at (10-0), then UBC (7-1) and Winnipeg (7-3) with UFV, Mount Royal and Saskatchewan all knotted at (6-4).
  • Defense and taking care of the ball have been staples in the Cascades outings all-season long, they allow the sixth fewest points in the conference at 78.2 per game and only turn the ball over 11.8 per game. UFV crashes the offensive glass to a rate of 14.9 O-boards a game and boasts the fourth-best rebounding margin in the conference at 4.9.

Players to watch:

  • Veteran Forward Mark Johnson comes into the weekend matchup averaging 13.3 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Cascades, his nine boards a game is fourth in the conference.
  • After his switch to sixth-man, guard Parm Bains has been an effective scorer, averaging 14.6 per game. In his most recent game with the UNBC, Bains scored 19 points with five assists. 
  • Third-year, 6'10" centre, Sukhman Sandhu scored 22 points last Saturday including hitting on 5-9 from behind the three-point line.