Heat stay on road to face No. 9 Cascades

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Cary Mellon

KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan men’s basketball team will continue their season with a pair of games versus a Pacific division foe when the face the ninth ranked University of Fraser Valley Cascades in Abbotsford Friday and Saturday night in the Envision Athletics Centre. Friday night the game will be at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 7 p.m. The Cascades sit at 3-1 after two wins versus Manitoba and Winnipeg last weekend at home. The Heat started the season on the road and lost twice to Lethbridge and Calgary and are now 0-2.

GAME TIMES

Friday, November 18 – UBC Okanagan Heat at the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades (8 p.m. PST in the Envision Athletics Centre, Abbotsford, BC)

Saturday, November 19 – UBC Okanagan Heat at the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades (7 p.m. PST in the Envision Athletics Centre, Abbotsford, BC)

Both games will be streamed with live video: www.canadawest.tv

HEAT (0-2)

CIS National Ranking: N/A

CanWest Standings: 6th in the Pacific

Last Week: 0-2; Fri 88-61 loss to UL, Sat 85-57 loss to UC

Streak: 2 losses

2010-11 CanWest Record: N/A

2011 CanWest Championship: N/A

2011 CIS Tournament: N/A

Last CanWest Title: N/A

Last CIS Title: N/A

Full Schedule / Roster

After a tough opening weekend in Alberta the Heat will look to rebound against the high scoring Cascades. The Heat had trouble shooting the ball (shooting 35%) and gave up to many turnovers (51) in their first two games never allowing the team a chance to get into a rhythm offensively or defensively. If UBC Okanagan hopes to have a chance against the high scoring Cascades, they will have to play a mistake free game.

“We’ve gotten the first two games under our belt [now],” adds fifth year forward Simon Pelland (N. Vancouver, BC) and he hopes that they now have “got the jitters out.”

“We realized it was going to be a whole new ball game,” continues Pelland. They’re a lot faster, they’re a lot stronger, and every gym we walk into we’re going to have to earn it. It’s not going to come easy for us. We know that, the other teams know that, and they want to make an example of us, so we’ve got to bring it every practice and every game.”

The Cascades are led by returnees Joel Friesen (3rd year, Abbotsford, BC) and Sam Freeman (Guard, Coquitlam, BC), Friesen is a 6’4″ swing guard that can shoot the three or take it hard to the rim; currently he is averaging 14 points a game. Freeman is in his fourth year and can really shoot the ball; he is averaging 17 points a game and is 10-20 from the three so far this year.

The Cascades boast three other players averaging double figures in points as forwards Kyle Grewal (4th year Surrey, BC), Jasper Moedt (3rd year, Abbotsford, BC) and Mike James (5th year, Calgary, BC) have all started the season shooting the ball well.

With so many gifted scorers it’s no wonder the Cascades are averaging 87.5 points a game, third in Canada West, the Heat are last at 59 points per game.

“We’re going to have our hands full for sure.” Kelly Broderick says about the potent Cascade offense.

“Key for us is transition defense,” continues Broderick, “[we have] to be in perfect initial alignments to put ourselves in better positions to be successful early [defensively].”

Simon echoes the need for the team to play a mistake free game this weekend and not make it easier for UFV to score. “Just work on our own game,” he says, “adapt to the pace of the game and just work on our turnovers.”

The Heat have been led in scoring by third year guard Yassine Ghomari (Vancouver, BC) at 16.5 points per game, tied for tenth in the league.

“How Yasso [Yassine Ghomari] goes is how we go,” comments Broderick, “[with Yassine]being our more senior leader we’re going to depend on him a lot. But really it’s about [every player on the team] defensively taking care of their own responsibilities.”

FRASER VALLEY CASCADES (3-1)

CIS National Ranking: 9th

CanWest Standings: 3rd in the Pacific

Last Week: 1-1; Fri 101-76 win over UM, Sat 89-69 win over UW

Streak: 2 wins

2010-11 CanWest Record: 10-14 (7th)

2011 CanWest Championship: 1-2

2011 CIS Tournament: N/A

Last CanWest Title: N/A

Last CIS Title: N/A

Full Schedule / Roster

Some more info from CanadaWest.org:

FRASER VALLEY CASCADES

Key additions: James York, Mike James Jordan Blackman

Key returnees: Sam Freeman, Joel Friesen, Kyle Grewal

Key departures: Zeon Gray, James Elliott

ABBOTSFORD, BC – Head coach Barnaby Craddock enters his fifth season at the helm of the UFV Cascades with an excellent opportunity to challenge for a Canada West post-season berth.

Players returning after injury are Kyle Grewal and Jasper Moedt, both excellent performers in 2009-10, recovered and stronger than ever. Add Canada West Second Team All-Star Joel Friesen and Sam Freeman to the lineup and the Cascades look very confident to make a run at the CW post-season tournament.

The Cascades will introduce James York and Mike James as new players in the lineup.

http://www.ufv.ca/athletics

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