MBB: UBCO at Timberwolves Preview

Men's Basketball
January 3, 2018

January 5th & 6th
Canada West Men’s Basketball Preview
Friday @ 8 PT, Saturday @ 7 PT

UNBC Timberwolves (4-8)
11th in Canada West Standings
77.6 Points Scored Per Game
83.8 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Jovan Leamy (16.1 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (7.6 Per Game)
Assists Leader: James Agyeman (3.6 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Vaggelis Loukas, Jovan Leamy (1.3 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (0.6 Per Game)

Player to Watch:
Vova Pluzhnikov, G
12.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.0 SPG
Pluzhnikov continues to look more comfortable in his first Canada West season. Consistently strong to start games, the native of Ukraine is important in all facets for the Timberwolves. Not the tallest player on the court, the guard is not one to back down from a physical challenge at the defensive end, either.

UBCO Heat (2-8)
14th in Canada West Standings
62.0 Points Scored Per Game
77.8 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Aldrich Berrios (15.4 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Kyrin Cybenko (6.9 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Aldrich Berrios (2.0 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Cam Servatius (1.3 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Owen Keyes (0.6 Per Game)

Player to Watch:
Aldrich Berrios, G
15.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.0 APG
Berrios is an elite scorer, and has rounded out his game in his fourth season of Canada West play. Leading the Heat in scoring, he is an elite athlete who is also a standout football player. The Timberwolves guards will look to keep Berrios from penetrating with his speed.

UNBC’s Aaron Brouwer

On the Timberwolves’ mindset…
“It will be great to be back on home court. Our fans are fantastic, and they give us a real energy buzz. We are fighting for a playoff spot, with a lot of teams on the bubble. It’s important to come out and have a good showing this weekend.”

On this weekend’s matchup with the Heat…
“UBCO scores lots in the half court, and they have a couple really good guards that we will have to pressure and keep in front of us. If we take care of things defensively, and focus on each possession, the results should take care of themselves.”

On keys to victory for the TWolves…
“We would love to see the guys playing with an edge for the entire game. We need to play together. Fighting for that playoff spot, it would be great to see the guys come together and play for one another on every possession.”