Game Times (All times in PST)
THURSDAY (FEB 13): Heat Men’s Basketball – vs. the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (8 p.m.), at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium
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SATURDAY(FEB 15): Heat Men’s Basketball – at the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (2 p.m.), To be played the Thompson Rivers Gymnasium, Kamloops, BC
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|UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK|
HEAT (3-23, 3-17 Canada West) SCHEDULE & RESULTS | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 8th Pacific Division
Last week: 0-2; vs. UBC Fri, L 68-59; Sat, L 85-77
Streak: 7 losses
2012-13 CanWest Record: 5-17 (8th Pacific, missed playoffs)
2013 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2013 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
Head-to-Head: The Heat have had a long history with their interior rivals in the WolfPack. Since joining Canada West, UBC Okanagan is 3-1 against TRU, and were 2-0 season. As a sweet sendoff for graduating post Dave Mackay the Heat were able to dispatch the WolfPack on home floor. This weekend they hope to do the same for a quartet of seniors (see below).
Last weekend: The Heat put in two quality games versus their inter-university rivals, the UBC Thunderbirds. Down only two points at the half in Friday’s game, a 21-10 third quarter in favour of UBC dashed the Heat’s hopes at the victory, as they would eventually lose 69-58. Saturday’s game played extremely close for all four quarters, with the difference being two points in every quarter in favour of the T-Birds. UBC Okanagan would lose that contest by eight points, 85-77. Thompson Rivers, meanwhile, is post-season bound after splitting the weekend series with Victoria. Friday evening, the WolfPack stormed McKinnon Gym to knock off the Vikes 82-68 behind Ta’Quan Zimmerman’s 31 points and Reese Pribilsky’s 26 points. Saturday, the WolfPack were corralled in the 94-74 loss, as the Vikes stormed back to defend home-court.
President’s Cup: The President’s Cup was established in 1993 as a challenge between the then Okanagan University College (OUC) and the University College of the Cariboo (now TRU) and awarded a trophy for each gender for excellence in athletic competition. The cup has not been awarded since 2003 when TRU made the jump to the Canada Interuniversity Sport (CIS); now, with both school’s competing in the Canada West conference of the CIS, the cup will once again be awarded for the 2013-14 season this Saturday in Kamloops.
Motivations: The WolfPack have safely secured a playoff spot, but that does not mean they will be easing off the gas on the Heat. TRU is only a single game ahead of the trailing UBC Thunderbirds for the third seed, after the latter managed an 11-9 record back-to-back wins over the Heat last weekend. With the No. 3 ranked 18-2 (10-0 at home) Alberta Golden Bears locked into the top Prairie seed hosting the first round, you can bet the WolfPack will fight tooth and nail to not drop to fourth.
‘Pack leader: TRU’s third-year Waterbury, CT product Ta’Quan Zimmerman is second in the conference in scoring at 20.1 ppg, and will put a serious test to the Heat’s usually suffocating defense.
Sharpshooting: Zimmerman leads the conference in three-point percentage at 46.7% (6th in made threes per game, 2.3). Tied for ninth in made threes total is the Heat’s Landry Ndayitwayeko (Windsor, ON). Landry has made 39 threes and trails Zimmerman in total made shots only by three. If he makes at least three from the arc in both games this weekend he could leapfrog into the top six for threes this season.
Kindling the fire: Perhaps the MIP (most important player) for the Heat this year has been third-year James Lum (Vancouver, BC). Primarily coming off of the bench but averaging starters’ minutes (24.1 mpg), Lum is able to come in for four of the five regular starters on the floor at any given time, and has filled many different roles from perimeter stopper to bench scorer and even sometimes a three-point specialist. He leads the team in steals by a considerable margin at 31 and has made the fourth most threes in 18.
The Heat men’s basketball squad is proud to be graduating four players from their program. Fifth-years Yassine Ghomari (Vancouver, BC), Ed Dane Medi (Rome, IT), Mike Zayonc (North Vancouver, BC) and Ndayitwayeko will play their final games in Heat uniform this weekend with the WolfPack.
A brief ceremony will be held just prior to the men’s game at home Thursday night to recognize each player’s outstanding contributions to the program.
Yassine Ghomari: Ghomari has played four of his five years of eligibility in Heat uniform. Coming straight out of Kitsilano secondary in 2007, he played in all 21 games of the 2007-08 season. In the BCCAA playoffs he led the Okanagan team to a Provincial Silver medal himself earning a Provincial Tournament Rookie All-Star, and they went on to a national championship in Montreal. He left to pursue studies at Langara College and would play for the Falcons in 2009-10. After spending a year just in school at UVIC in 2010-11 he made the decision to come back to the Okanagan to play his remaining three years with the Heat.
Ghomari currently sits as the 4th best point getter at this institution with 916 total points and he is also 4th in total assists (151) with 24 more points and six more assists he would leapfrog into third all-time for both of those categories.
In addition, he will leave the program as its all-time three-point leader He has made 84 threes at a 34% clip dating back to 2006* Lastly, Ghomari has taken the all-time free-throws* crown in a blowout with 258 made free throws to date.
*(school records only go back to ‘06 in made threes and free throws).
Yassine’s competitive nature has helped to lead his team to a very competitive season. A captain of the Heat, he has been named his team’s Top Defensive Player, Team MVP and a CIS Academic All-Canadian. Ghomari will be receiving his Bachelors in Human Kinetics in the spring.
Ed Dane Medi: The moment that Medi steps onto the floor this weekend he will become the team’s all-time leader in games played with 87. Currently tied with Matt Gowing with 86 games played, Medi could set his record with a two game margin.
Originally from Rome, Italy, Medi is the longest continually serving roster member for the team, dating back to the 2009-10 season, while being a key piece in the team’s transition to Canada West in 2011-12. Ed currently sits 5th all-time in total rebounds with 342, trailing former teammate Dave Mackay, who grabbed 369. He is, however, the host of the Heat block party with an all-time record of 40 blocks (dating back to 2006).
With an international flair Medi plays the game with a passion and energy that was contagious, and he was always the first guy off the bench to cheer on a teammate or extended a hand. Ed’s efforts and growth as a basketball player, and a teammate, have been recognized by his coaches and his peers earning him over his career a team’s Most Improved Player and Top Defensive Player.
The multilingual Medi will cross the stage to receive his management degree this coming spring.
Mike Zayonc: A Capilano University transfer, Zayonc has been with the Heat for two years now but has only seen the court this year. He served in Blues uniform from 2008-09 through 2011-12 before climbing the mountains to Kelowna for the Heat’s second venture in Canada West.
An Argyle Secondary product, Zayonc has played every game so far this year and has started in nine of them. In 15 minutes per game he has averaged 3.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in a productive bounce back from an injury that had him redshirt last season on Heat coach Pete Guarasci’s bench.
Zayonc will be receiving a degree in management in the spring.
Landry Ndayitwayeko: Like Zayonc, this will be Landry’s second and final year with the Heat men’s basketball squad. Having previously played for both Algonquin College and Lakeland College, the Windsor, ON product has been a prolific three-point threat. Averaging nearly 1.5 threes per game in 2012-13, he has been knocking down almost one more three per game (2.0) in this year’s campaign.
As a team captain, Ndayitwayeko’s on-court leadership has been perhaps his greatest asset. His ability to motivate and give advice to his younger teammates has been invaluable to the growth and development of the program.
Landry will be accepting a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in the spring.
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|64.8||Points per game||80.2|
|-3.8||Rebound margin per game||+5.8|
|75.1||Points per game allowed||74.3|
|.439||Opponents’ Field goal percentage||.417|
|.340||Opponents’ 3PT percentage||.299|
CIS National Ranking: NR
CanWest Standings: 3rd Pacific Division
Last week: 1-1: at UVIC Fri, W 982-65; Sat, L 94-74
Streak: 1 loss
2012-13 conference record: 8-14 (5th Pacific, missed playoffs)
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A
– preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key additions: Tallon Milne (F), Josh Wolfram (F), Reese Pribilsky (G), Gerard Gore (F)
Key returnees: Troy Grant (G), Will Ondrik (F) Zach Usherwood (G)
Key departure: Kevin Pribilsky
KAMLOOPS, BC – Scott Clark’s fourth season at the helm of the WolfPack will likely be an improvement over 2012-13. That is a safe assumption. Since Clark came to Thompson Rivers, the basketball program has improved every year.
The 2013-14 edition of the basketball team has some key recruits with varied experience along with a core of players who have learned over the past few years what Clark’s expectations are.
Clark recruited three players who are returning to CIS basketball after a year or so away. Tallon Milne ( 4th year, forward, Vanderhoof, BC) has experience with Simon Fraser University, Josh Wolfram ( 3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) spent two seasons at the University of Calgary while Reese Pribilsky (3rd year, guard, Victoria, BC) has two years of CIS experience under his belt with the University of Victoria.
The shrewd recruiter he is, Clark has dipped into the international market to grab two players who played Community College basketball in the U.S. last year in Ta’Quan Zimmerman (guard, Waterbury, CT) and Gerard Gore (forward, St. John’s, Antiqua).
He also added Anton Dixon (3rd year, guard, Ipswich, UK) who has played university basketball in the U.K. along with Concordia University/College in Edmonton, Alberta last year. Returning veterans who will be expected to provide more offensive input are Will Ondrik (3rd year, forward, Vernon, BC), Zach Usherwood (3rd year guard, Coquitlam, BC), Brett Parker (4th year, guard, Langley, BC) and Brett Rouault (4th year, guard, Vernon, BC).
Troy Grant (2nd year, guard, Brampton, ON) surprised a lot of people with the amount of court time he got as a rookie. He has all the tools to be a dominant guard in the Canada West for years to come.
After waiting a year, highly touted local player Spencer Jaroszuk (1st year, forward, Kamloops, BC) is set to make his debut in the CIS in 2013-14.