Canada West Men's Basketball Weekend Preview - December 1-2, 2017
Friday Dec. 1- Saturday Dec. 2
UFV (4-6) @ Lethbridge (8-2)
The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades play their final regular season games of 2017 when they visit Lethbridge this weekend. UFV is riding a three game win streak after a pair of impressive wins over UCBO last weekend, but they should face a much stiffer test this round when they travel to Lethbridge. The Longhorns are 8-2 on the season, with the second best record in Canada West. One Regina player to keep an eye on is Mark Johnson. The 4th year forward scored a season high 29 points last Saturday versys UBCO, an outburst that included eight 3-pointers.
Victoria (5-3) @ Alberta (8-0)
The Vikings head to Alberta riding an impressive four game win streak, but will be in tough to keep it going against a Golden Bears team that is ranked number 3 in the country. Alberta has been dominant in Canada West play so far, going a perfect 8-0 to start the regular season. Expect this one to be a low scoring affair. The Golden Bears are giving up just 63.1 points per game, the lowest total in the conference, while Victoria is third in that category allowing 73.3 points per contest.
Regina (7-1) @ UBC (8-2)
After dropping their first game of the season in Manitoba, the Regina Cougars have won seven straight games as the head west to visit the Thunderbirds. UBC comes in on an impressive streak of their own, winners of 6 in a row heading into action this weekend. Conor Morgan has been an absolute force for the T-Birds this year. The fifth year forward is currently in the top 5 in Canada West in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 23.1 points and over 9 rebounds per contest. The Cougars have been getting major contributions from a number of sources this season. Six different players are currently double digits in scoring, led by senior forward Brian Ofori, who’s averaging 13.5 points per contest.
Brandon (4-4) @ Trinity Western (0-8)
The Trinity Western Spartans will look to finally get in the win column this weekend, when they play host to the Brandon Bobcats. Although they are still winless on the season, TWU appears to be ready for a breakthrough. Last Saturday the Spartans nearly knocked off the number 7 ranked UBC T-Birds, before eventually losing by 8. It was a marked improvement after suffering a 53 point loss the night before. Brandon is coming off a pair of tight games with the University of Manitoba, including a 1 point loss last Saturday. The Bobcats are led by senior guard Tyron Cooper, who’s averaging a team high 21.4 points per game.
UNBC (4-6) @ Thompson Rivers (3-7)
After back to back wins over Macewan last weekend, The University of Northern BC Timberwolves will look to keep the momentum rolling when they visit Thompson Rivers this weekend. Vaggelis Loukas will look to build on his strong early season play, he left the Timberwolves with 21 points and 17 rebounds in last Saturday’s win over the Griffins. Thompson Rivers is led by third year forward Joe Davis, who had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the Wolfpack’s 65-61 win over Mount Royal on Saturday.
Manitoba (6-4) @ UBCO (2-6)
The UBC OKanagan Heat will try and snap a four game losing streak when they play host to the Manitoba Bisons this weekend. UBCO is led by fourth year Aldrich Berrios, who is averaging 14.1 points per game, and who just last weekend became the third player in UBCO history to reach the 1000 point mark for his career. The Bisons are led by fifth year guard Justus Alleyn, who has made half of his three point attempts on the year ( 35-70) and is second in the Canada West in scoring at 24.2 points per game
Written by: Jon Kennedy