MBB: Timberwolves at Thompson Rivers Preview

Men's Basketball
November 29, 2017

December 1st & 2nd
Canada West Men’s Basketball Preview
UNBC @ Thompson Rivers
Friday @ 8 PT, Saturday @ 7 PT

UNBC Timberwolves (4-6)
10th in Canada West Standings
77.9 Points Scored Per Game
82.7 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Jovan Leamy (13.6 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (7.7 Per Game)
Assists Leader: James Agyeman (3.3 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (1.4 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (0.5 Per Game)

Player To Watch:
Vaggelis Loukas, F
9.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.4 SPG
Often under-appreciated for the work he does on the court, Loukas is critical to the Timberwolves’ approach. Coming off a 21 point, 17 rebound performance against MacEwan, the fourth-year native of Greece is the all-time leading rebounder for UNBC at the Canada West level.

TRU WolfPack (3-7)
12th in Canada West Standings
71.7 Points Scored Per Game
78.6 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Joe Davis (14.0 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Mike Rouault (9.3 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Nolan Willett (1.8 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Luke Morris (1.1 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Luke Morris (0.6 Per Game)

Player To Watch:
Luke Morris, F
12.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.1 SPG
The WolfPack seem to operate a scoring-by-committee approach, and Morris is a consistent contributor to that attack. A fifth-year forward, Morris crashes the boards well, and can shoot from beyond the arc.

UNBC’s Daniel Stark

On building on two wins over MacEwan…
“It put us back in the direction we want to be heading. We still have to treat this weekend like any other weekend, whether we come off wins or come off losses. We want to play as hard as we can and not take anything for granted.”

On this weekend’s matchup with the Wolfpack…
“TRU always has a lot of hard working guys, a lot of smart players, and they’re always coached really well. It will come down to us knowing what they do offensively and defensively, and coming up with a gameplan that will mitigate everything to bring to the court.”

On the importance of strong performances to finish 2017…
“Being able to finish this first semester with two wins would be huge. It would hopefully carry into the break, and have us motivated to get even better over the break. Then we can come in for the second half of the year, really ready to rumble.”