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PREVIEW: Men's basketball opens 2020 on the road versus Victoria

PREVIEW: Men's basketball opens 2020 on the road versus Victoria

What you need to know


  • After a long Christmas break, the Heat men will take to the road to face the Victoria Vikes for a two-game set.
  • UBCO has picked up just one victory so far in their conference season but still sit just two games back of the final playoff spot.
  • Victoria comes in with a (6-2) record and reeled off five victories in a row to close out their fall schedule.

GAME TIMES (PT) 

FRIDAY, JAN 3rd 

Basketball (M) | Canada West conference road game
8 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (1-9) at the Victoria Vikes (6-2) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), Victoria, BC.

SATURDAY, JAN 4th  

Basketball (M) | Canada West conference road game
7 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat at the Victoria Vikes | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), Victoria, BC.


First half recap:

  • It was a tough fall for the UBCO men as they captured just one victory in their 10 conference games, coming against Thompson Rivers in early November.
  • Finding the bottom of the net has been the biggest issue for the Heat, as they sit in last place in the conference in points per game at just under 66 a contest.
  • Despite their offensive struggles, the Heat find themselves just two games back of the final playoff spot heading into the all-important second half. 

Impact players:

  • Guards Hafith Moallin and Philip Okanlawon both averaged in double-figures in their opening 10 games, including a triple-double from Moallin in mid-November.
  • This triple-double was just the second in UBCO history thanks to his 16 points, 11 boards and 11 assists against Thompson Rivers in the lone win of the season to date. 

Head to head with the Vikes: (1-9)

  • The lone victory for the Heat in this matchup game back in 2017-18 when an Aldrich Berrios layup gave them the victory at the buzzer.
  • Victoria captured both meetings in Kelowna last season in the regular-season finale for the two squads.

Scouting Victoria

Fast finish to the fall:

  • After starting the season (1-2), the Vikes rattled off five straight victories to close out their fall schedule and sit in the middle of the Canada West playoff picture.
  • The offense was particularly hot in late November, as they put up at least 85 points in their final four games against Brandon and Mount Royal.
  • Victoria is also the only team to beat to conference-best Alberta Golden Bears, as they got the victory 64-55 in Victoria on Nov. 16th

Pick your poison:

  • One of the most balanced attacks in the conference, Victoria is one of just two teams in the Canada West to have six different players averaging in double-figures in terms of points.
  • Freshman sharp-shooter Diego Maffia is one to keep an eye on, as last year he put up a ridiculous 96 points against Ross Sheppard at the Western Canada Basketball Tournament held at Kelowna Secondary School. This set a new record for most points ever in a B.C. high school basketball game.

RECAP: Heat fall to Vikes
January 4, 2020 RECAP: Heat fall to Vikes