MBB: Timberwolves at TWU Spartans Preview

Men's Basketball
October 31, 2017

November 3rd & 4th
Canada West Men’s Basketball Preview
UNBC @ Trinity Western
Friday @ 8 PT, Saturday @ 7 PT

UNBC Timberwolves (0-2)
17th in Canada West Standings
64.0 Points Scored Per Game
77.0 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Marcus MacKay (12.5 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (7.0 Per Game)
Assists Leader: James Agyeman (4.5 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Daniel Stark (2.0 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Adam Pahl (0.5 Per Game)

Player To Watch:
Vaggelis Loukas
7.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 2.0 SPG
A tireless worker, Loukas does a little bit of everything for the Timberwolves. The fourth-year forward is pacing UNBC in rebounds, while adding impressive assist and steal totals. The native of Athens, Greece will be important in slowing Spartans’ leading scorer, Max Viitala.

Trinity Western Spartans (0-2)
15th in Canada West Standings
64.0 Points Scored Per Game
90.5 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Max Viitala (21.0 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Steve Sesink (7.5 Per Game)
Assists Leader: David Kapinga (4.0 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Ethan DSilva (4.5 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Max Viitala (1.0 Per Game)

Player To Watch:
Max Viitala
21.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG
Standing six-foot-five, Viitala comes off an opening weekend that saw him average 21 points per contest. A native of Melbourne, Australia, he is the top scoring option for the Spartans, and he will need to be good if TWU wants to earn its first victory of the season.

Quotes :
UNBC’s Nolan Hanson

On learning from opening weekend vs the Calgary Dinos…
“Calgary has been in the National tournament the past three years, so to be able to compete with them shows where we’re at as a team, but it also shows far we need to go. It’s positive to see our competitive effort against a team of that calibre.”

On this weekend’s matchup with the Spartans…
“Trinity is an interesting team to play. In years past, they’ve always been strong, and I doubt they’ll be any different this year. They’re tough, so we will have to bring as much as we brought last weekend, if not more, to take them down.”

On needing a complete effort…
“It has always been about us trying to make it happen for 40 minutes. There are stretches where we have made it three-and-a-half quarters, but it is the last five minutes that make all the difference. For us to get back to the promised land, we need forty minutes of defense, rebounding, and offensive execution.”