Vancouver, BC – The UBC Men’s Basketball team will see their first regular season action this weekend with the home opener against the University of Victoria Vikes. Friday’s action starts at 8 p.m., followed by a rematch on Saturday at 7 p.m., both at UBC’s War Memorial Gym.
The T-Birds have been tested already this season. Coming back from two tough road trips back to back, one in Ontario and one down in Oregon, the team is excited to sink their teeth into the fresh season.
“It’s time to get back into a rhythm and a routine and playing in front of your home crowd is always something special,” said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson.
Hanson says he is pleased with the way his team has been playing so far during the preparation for the season, noting that the rigorous away schedule has given the team much of the discipline they will need to be successful. “You’ve got to be mentally better and tougher on the road. They’ve been tested already without playing any conference teams,” he says.
When asked what he believes the strengths of his team to be, Hanson responds that he believes he’s seen moments of greatness in all areas, and that the key to success will be consistency.
The Vikes will be seeing their second weekend of action, as they played the University of Regina last weekend, winning both of the matches.
“UVic played really well,” acknowledged Hanson. “They’ve got a couple of great players, there’s Chris McLaughlin who is a force to be reckoned with down low, and also [Markus] Tibbs, their point-guard. Kind of a floor general, he’s playing really well. Those are the key guys for that team to function well.”
Last year, the Vikes managed to defeat UBC in both of their conference match-ups.
“We’ve waited a long time to get back on the court and test ourselves,” says Hanson. “What better way than against our long term rivals!”
The action will start at War Memorial gym at 8 p.m. P.S.T. on Friday, November 17th, followed by a rematch on Saturday at 7 p.m. P.S.T.