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PREVIEW: Playoff type games this weekend for Heat men's basketball, return home to host MacEwan for two

PREVIEW: Playoff type games this weekend for Heat men's basketball, return home to host MacEwan for two

What you need to know

  • Its crunch time for the Heat as they finish their Canada West regular season with four straight home games, starting with the MacEwan Griffins this weekend in what will surely be a playoff atmosphere.
  • Coming off a near-miraculous comeback against Regina last Saturday, the Heat are just one game back of the final playoff spot.
  • MacEwan has struggled for the majority of the season, and currently are one of two winless teams in the Canada West.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, JAN 18th 

Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Game / Annual 'Shoot for the Cure' fundraiser game
8 PM PST |
UBC Okanagan Heat (5-11) vs the MacEwan Griffins (0-14) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium
�� Beer Gardens are open from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JAN 19th

Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Game / Celebration - 2008-09 Provincial championship men's basketball team 10-year anniversary
7 PM PST |
UBC Okanagan Heat vs the MacEwan Griffins | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium 
�� Beer Gardens are open from 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Playoff push:

  • The two games this weekend against the Griffins will be crucial if the Heat hope to make the Canada West playoffs for the first time in program history.
  • Currently one game back of the Victoria Vikes for the final playoff spot, the Vikes have two games in hand on UBCO but the two teams will meet up next weekend in Kelowna. 

Heat players to watch:

  • Shooting guard Triston Matthews is coming off one of the best weekends in his university career, as the graduate of Sentinel Secondary tied his career-high with 28 points in the second game against Regina last weekend. These 13 rebounds also set a new career-high on the boards.
  • Hafith Moallin also made his first start since his wrist injury in late November last time out and the shifty guard impressed, finishing with 21 points, three rebounds, and three assists. 

Shoot for the cure:

  • Friday night's game will also feature as 'Shoot for the Cure', which is a national initiative to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)
  • For more information on the event and where to donate you can click here. 

Celebration: They came, they played, they conquered.

  • Join the Heat for a 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2008-09 BCCAA Men's Basketball Championship Team on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
  • Many of the members of the championship team, including players, coaches, and members of the women's team, will be on hand for the anniversary of Men's basketball lone banner at this institution. 
  • For more information, you can click here

Head to head with the Griffins: (2-8)

  • UBCO last won against MacEwan on November 27, 2015 in Edmonton, but have lost the last five since that date. Most recently these teams played twice in Edmonton in February of 2017. The last time MacEwan was in Kelowna was February of 2016.

Scouting MacEwan 

Still searching for that first victory:

  • It has been a tough season for the Griffins as they have yet to record a win in Canada West play so far through 14 games.
  • Last time out against the undefeated Calgary Dinos they allowed over 100 points in both games at home and were unable to keep up with the No. 3 team in the country.
  • Defence has been one of the main issues for MacEwan all season long, as they currently are allowing 93.1 points a game, the second-worst mark in the conference. 

Impact players:

  • Swingman Jake Notice is the leading scorer for the Griffins, as he is averaging 15.4 points a game which included a streak in November where he scored at least 20 points in five straight games.
  • Three other players average at least eight points a contest including forwards Atlas St. Paul-Butler, Liban Yousef and Abdullah Shittu. 
2019 Graduation
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