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PREVIEW: Heat eye postseason birth in Aldrich Berrios' final home games

PREVIEW: Heat eye postseason birth in Aldrich Berrios' final home games

What you need to know

  • This is playoff basketball for the Heat. In what is now a win two, and you're in situation, the Heat men will take on the Victoria Vikes with a spot in the postseason on the line.
  • This weekend will also mark the final home game of Aldrich Berrios' historic Heat career, as he will be honoured Saturday night at the annual senior athlete ceremony.
  • Victoria is 6-10 on the season and are coming off two straight losses to the Lethbridge Pronghorns last weekends.
  • With Bell Lets talk day coming up this Wednesday, Janu. 30th, the Heat will help bring awareness to the event during Friday night's game in partnership with the student-athlete mental health initiative (SAMHI).
  • On top of the historic celebrations for Barrios on Saturday night prior to the game, the Heat will also feature events and coordination with Kidsport Kelowna. Free admission will be given to school/sports/club sports teams who wear their jerseys and all youth under the age of 12. 

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, JAN 25th 

Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Game / Bell Let's Talk game - generating conversations about mental health
8 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (7-11) vs the Victoria Vikes (6-10) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium
Beer Gardens are open from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JAN 26th

Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Game / KidSport games & Celebration of the Senior players in last home game
7 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Victoria Vikes | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium 


Playoff scenarios:

  • UBCO at 7-11, currently sit 12th in the conference, holding down the final CW playoff spot, heading into this weekend with their final two games of the conference season against the team just one game behind them, the University of Victoria (6-10).
  • With two victories against the Vikes, the Heat are a virtual lock for a spot in the postseason, with chaos and a major upset having to happen for them not to get in.
  • If the two teams split the weekend series, then things become very complicated as the Heat will have to hope for some help to get into the postseason, as many teams have a weekend in hand on Ken Olynyk's Okanagan squad.

Berrios' historic career:

  • Regardless of whether or not the Heat make the postseason, this weekend's game will be the final two of Aldrich Berrios' outstanding career.
  • The product of Notre Dame Secondary will finish his career with his degree in Human Kinetics this spring, he will also leave as the leading scorer in program history. Berrios has 1440 points as a member of the Heat, a 236-point bulge on first place -with two more games left to play.
  • Not only are his scoring number's impressive at UBC Okanagan, but they are also among the best in the history of the Canada West conference. His 1440 points are 30th all-time in Canada West.
  • A true sharpshooter, Berrios needs just three made triples to become the 2nd best long-range shooter in conference history, he has made 252 threes in his five-year career.
  • The guard is also the only Heat player in Canada West history, and on a list of just 10 players to record a triple-double, as he accomplished this feat this December against UFV.
  • He has racked up numerous awards in his Heat career, including being the UBC Okanagan Male Rookie of the Year and a member of the Canada West and U SPORTS All-Rookie team in 2014-15.
  • The sharp-shooter also was the catalyst in the greatest play in Heat basketball history, a half-court buzzer-beater against Mount Royal to capture the 87-84 win. A play that went viral among the national media, making the Yahoo Sports front page.
  • A true Iron Man, Berrios has been on the court in all 98 possible Canada West games in his five years and will be at 100 after this weekend. He also played a season of Junior Football with the Okanagan Sun while playing every game for the Heat in 2017-18. He was not just a practice player for the football team, last August he tied the Sun team record with four interceptions against the Valley Huskers.
  • More on Berrios and his Iron Man status, he isn't just playing a few minutes in those games, he is playing - a lot. Berrios is third in Canada West history at 34.538 minutes per game, that gives him an incredible 3,455 minutes on the court for the Heat in his career - 4th in CW history.
  • In his second season Aldrich hit on over 95% of his free throws, his .951 percentage from the charity stripe for that year is the third highest mark in Canada West history.
  • In his 98 game career, Berrios is sixth all-time in Canada West hitting on 86-per cent of his free throws.
  • Berrios was a finalist for the Male Provost Award for Excellence (two semesters), and Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year award, he has also been an Academic All-Canadian, and a team captain for multiple seasons, and a great role model to younger student-athletes.

Heat notes:

  • Rookie point guard Hafith Moallin has been one of the keys to the team's success in recent games, since returning from his wrist injury he has averaged 17 points a game including over 50% shooting from deep. The team has benefitted from his return as well, with team scoring jumping over 20 points a game since his return. UBCO has averaged over 77 points a game with Moallin back in the starting lineup, compared to 55 points per contest in the four games he missed. 

Bell Lets Talk:

  • Heat basketball is will once again host Bell Let's Talk game night this Friday against the Vikes. This is the third straight year that UBC Okanagan and their student-athletes have been involved with trying to generate conversation about mental health surrounding a varsity event. For full details on the event, you can click here. 

Head to head with the Vikes: (1-7)

  • Last season in Victoria the Heat were able to pick up their first win ever against the Vikes, a narrow 73-72 victory thanks to a last-second Aldrich Berrios layup. 

Scouting Victoria 

Playoff push:

  • Victoria comes in with a 6-10 record, one game back of the Heat but with two games in hand.
  • Coming off back-to-back losses to Lethbridge last weekend, the Vikes are just 2-4 since the winter break.
  • A much different team on the road compared to at home, Victoria is just 2-7 away from the island while they are 4-3 on their home floor. 

Impact players:

  • An extremely guard-oriented team, Victoria's top three scorers are all in the backcourt, led by seniors Jordan Charles (17.1 ppg) and Mason Loewen (14.6 ppg).
  • Sophomore Scott Kellum is another key contributor to the offence, as he has scored in double-figures that last nine games, including 25 points against UFV at the start of January.