MBB: Calgary at Timberwolves Preview

Men's Basketball
October 26, 2017

October 27th & 28th
Canada West Men’s Basketball Preview
Calgary @ UNBC

UNBC Timberwolves – 2016/2017 Record (4-16)
15th in Canada West Standings
70.0 Points Scored Per Game
83.4 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader (Returning) : Marcus MacKay (12.3 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader (Returning) : Vaggelis Loukas (7.1 Per Game)
Assists Leader (Returning) : James Agyeman (4.2 Per Game)
Steals Leader (Returning) : Vaggelis Loukas (1.4 Per Game)
Blocks Leader (Returning) : Anthony Hokanson (0.3 Per Game)

Player To Watch:
James Agyeman
7.5 PPG, 4.2 APG, 3.6 RPG
A fourth-year guard, Agyeman facilitates the Timberwolf offense, and will need to be on his game against the Dinos. His 83 assists were good for third in the conference last season, so look for Agyeman to get everyone involved on opening weekend. A lightning-quick defender, he will be leaned on at both ends of the floor.

Calgary Dinos  – 2016/2017 Record (16-4)
2nd in Canada West Standings
89.3 Points Scored Per Game
75.5 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader (Returning) : Mambi Diawara (12.3 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader (Returning) : Mambi Diawara (5.1 Per Game)
Assists Leader (Returning) : David Kapinga (4.0 Per Game)
Steals Leader (Returning)  : Mambi Diawara (2.0 Per Game)
Blocks Leader (Returning) : Connor Foreman (0.7 Per Game)

Player To Watch:
Mambi Diawara
12.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.0 SPG
A six-foot-four guard, Diawara is a tough matchup for most defenders in Canada West, and figures to command plenty of attention from the Timberwolves. The top scoring Dino to return from last year’s 16-4 squad, Diawara will likely be leaned on heavily on opening weekend.

UNBC’s Anthony Hokanson

On this weekend’s matchup with the Dinos…
“Calgary is going to be a talented, well-coached team, but we are going to have to match their energy and dominate the boards. They really get out in transition, so we will have to make sure to get guys back off of misses and makes.”

On building on a strong preseason…
“I think we have a lot of team chemistry, even though it’s so early in the season. Everyone moves the ball unselfishly, and it doesn’t matter who scores, as long as we are winning games. We had a good, hard preseason, and I think we are ready to get it started.”

On opening the season at home, at the Northern Sport Centre…
“If we can get a packed, loud crowd in there, I think it’ll be a huge advantage for us. It can rattle the other team and really give us more energy. We are ready. We are going to come in firing on all cylinders.”