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PREVIEW: Heat set for weekend tilt with the Thunderbirds

PREVIEW: Heat set for weekend tilt with the Thunderbirds

What you need to know


  • The (1-5) Heat men continue their season after a two-game stint in Abbotsford. They head home to host the UBC Thunderbirds.
  • The Heat dropped both games to UFV last weekend and will be looking to rebound against a tough opponent in UBC, who rank as the highest voted team outside the national top-10.
  • After finishing as the runner up to Calgary in the Canada West playoffs last season, the Thunderbirds have started their 2019-20 campaign (4-2).
  • After dropping a pair of games at home to Calgary, UBC bounced back, taking down UNBC twice on the road last weekend.
  • Tip-off on Friday night is at 8 p.m. with an on-site beer garden also on Friday night.

GAME TIMES (PT) 

FRIDAY, NOV 22nd 

Basketball (M) | Canada West conference home game
8 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (1-5) vs the (HM) UBC Thunderbirds (4-2) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC

SATURDAY, NOV 23rd  

Basketball (M) | Canada West conference home game
6 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the UBC Thunderbirds  | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information  | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC 


Last weekend:

  • On Friday, the Heat carried a three-point lead into the fourth quarter but were outshot by the Cascades who dropped six treys in the final frame, and 14 in the game as the connected 58% of their shots from beyond the arc.
  • Hafith Moallin's season-high 20 points on Saturday were not enough to carry the Heat to victory as they dropped game two of the weekend.  

Early season success:

  • Moallin continues to be the leader for the team as he owns a team-high points per game with 11.7 to tag along with 7.7 boards and 4.2 assists. The second-year guard also ranks fourth in Canada West with his 11 steals and eighth in total rebounds.
  • Fourth-year guard Sebago Jean-Charles, the Haitian product, is playing his first season for UBCO and has been a happy surprise for the Heat. He ranks third on the team in points per game with 9.2.

Head to head with UBC: (0-12)

  • The two teams opened 2019 with a sister school matchup last season.
  • In Vancouver, the Heat were defeated (100-29) in the first game and (103-69) in the rematch.

Scouting UBC 

The 'Birds:

  • The Thunderbirds kryptonite of late has been the Calgary as three of their last four losses have come at the hands of the Dinos.
  • However, the have had little trouble handling other Canada West opponents, as they are on a (22-2) stretch in conference play going back into last season.
  • The team has the highest team assists per game total in the conference and has the third-highest three-point percentage to boot.

Star Power

  • Kelowna's own third-year forward Grant Shepard is starting in the Thunderbirds frontcourt and is impressing nonetheless. The Kelowna Secondary grad's 14.2 points per game are second on the team and his team-high 7.5 boards are good for 10th best in Canada West.
  • Last season against his home-town team, he dropped a pair of 19 point performances.
  • At the helm of the team is fifth-year guard Jadon Cohee, who's 18.0 points is the sixth-best total in the conference and he ranks second in assists as the 'birds' offensive facilitator.

 

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