MBB: Timberwolves at MacEwan Preview

Men's Basketball
November 22, 2017

November 24th & 25th
Canada West Men’s Basketball Preview
UNBC @ MacEwan
Friday @ 8 MT, Saturday @ 7 MT

UNBC Timberwolves (2-6)
14th in Canada West Standings
77.0 Points Scored Per Game
83.6 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Jovan Leamy (16.0 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (6.5 Per Game)
Assists Leader: James Agyeman (3.3 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (1.5 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Adam Pahl, Vaggelis Loukas (0.4 Per Game)

Player To Watch:
Jovan Leamy, F
16.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.0 SPG
A fourth-year transfer from Ryerson University, Leamy brings an athleticism to the Timberwolves at both ends of the court. He broke out in two games vs Regina, averaging 24 points per game. Excellent at crashing the boards and creating his own shot, Leamy will need to be good against the Griffins.

MacEwan Griffins (1-5)
16th in Canada West Standings
70.7 Points Scored Per Game
84.3 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Ali Raza (12.8 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Ali Raza (6.2 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Adonis Monfort-Palomino (4.7 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Deonte Doslov-Doctor (1.7 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Dustin Gatzki (1.2 Per Game)

Player To Watch:
Adonis Monfort-Palomino
9.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.7 APG
A third-year guard out of Calgary, Monfort-Palomino is the catalyst for the Griffins. Despite standing just five-foot-nine, he grabs more than five rebounds per contest, while pacing GMU in helpers.

UNBC’s Tyrell Laing

On lessons learned in the first eight games…
“We have learned that playing in transition is key for us.  Pressuring the ball up the floor and keeping the ball in front of us. Things we can do, and know we can do. It’s up to us to execute, and when we do that, we are successful.”

On preparing for road games…
“You’re away from your comfortable surroundings, and going to battle with your brothers. On the bus over, you almost feel like you’re getting ready for a fight. It’s a little easier getting ready on the road.”

On preparing for this weekend’s matchups with the Griffins…
“MacEwan has some athletes, guys who can shoot the ball, and some crafty players. We need to get back in transition, keep them off the three-point line, don’t let them get in a rhythm early, and keep the ball in front of us.”

On the Timberwolves’ mindset heading into the weekend…
“We need these wins. We are in desperation mode, and we are going to do all we can to pull out two. It’s a must-win.”