Posted: Jan 16, 2020
What you need to know
- After an unsuccessful road trip which saw a pair of losses to both Victoria and Alberta the (1-13) Heat come home, embarking on a four-game homestand which kicks off this weekend against UNBC.
- The visiting (4-8) Timberwolves come to town after dropping two matchups against UFV last weekend at home.
- Crucial points are on the line for both teams as the Timberwolves are one spot back of the final playoff position with the Heat trailing six points behind UNBC.
GAME TIMES (PST)
FRIDAY, JAN 17th - Shoot for the Cure Annual Basketball Games
SATURDAY, JAN 18th - CapriCMW Insurance Game Night
Season to date:
- A tough matchup with the Alberta Golden Bears saw two losses for the Heat Squad who now look to end their 11 game losing streak.
- On Saturday all nine Heat players who saw the court hit the scoresheet in the (87-53) loss.
- In 14 games this season the team ranks fifth in offensive rebounds.
Players to watch:
- The Heat's offensive facilitator this year has been second-year guard Hafith Moallin. Conference-wide he ranks seventh in steals with 22, and 12th in defensive rebounds while playing the 17th most minutes so far this season.
- Philip Okanlawon played a career-high 39 minutes in Saturday's defeat, he dropped a team-high 14 points and four boards.
Head to head with UNBC: (5-9)
- The Heat dropped both matches last time these two teams faced each other in January of 2018.
- In a tightly contested game, the latter of the two, it would see the Timberwolves victorious despite a UBCO, then-rookie, Jacob Stokker, who set a career-high with his 20 point performance.
Shoot for the Cure
- The Heat will once again be one of the many schools continuing the tradition of fundraising in the fight against cancer as part of U Sport's Shoot for the Cure initiative.
- The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007, with over $1.3 million in donations to date.
- For the ninth straight year, UBCO will dedicate a women's and men's game collect to support the Canadian Cancer Society - please consider coming out to support our athletes while also supporting an important cause.
- Donations will be collected at their home basketball games this Friday versus the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves on Friday, January 17th.
- After starting the season winning four-of-seven, the Timberwolves have dropped their last five games.
- The T-Wolves rank first in the conference in free throws made per game, coincidentally, the also rank first in personal fouls.
Players to watch
- 2017-18 Canada West rookie of the year, Tyrell Laing's 22 points per game ranks seconds in the conference this season. Out of his 264 points this season, 60 of them have come at the foul line - the third most in Canada West.
- Bolstering their offense is Vova Pluzhnikov, the fourth-year guard is averaging 17.5 points, adding 4.6 assists to boot. His 56 assists this season is the third-best in Canada West.