Men host Cougars this weekend. Shoot for the Cure this Saturday in basketball fundraiser

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Men host Cougars this weekend. Shoot for the Cure this Saturday in basketball fundraiser

By Cary Mellon on January 15, 2015

(Greystoke Photography)

The Heat are back at home this Friday and Saturday. (Greystoke Photography)

Game Times

FRIDAY, JAN. 16th:
8 PM | UBC Okanagan vs Mount Royal

WEBCAST | LIVE STATS | TICKETS

SATURDAY, JAN. 17th: 
7 PM | UBC Okanagan vs Mount Royal
WEBCAST | LIVE STATS | TICKETS
[Shoot for the Cure]

@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

UBCO  TALE OF THE TAPE MRU
68.4 (17) Points per game 69.9 (16)
.393 (13) Field Goal Pct. .360 (17)
.351 (7) Three-point Pct. .316 (12)
.704 (6) Free Throw Pct. .670 (13)
-0.7 (12) Rebound Margin per game  0.6 (8)
77.4 (11) Points per game allowed 75.1 (7)
.410 (5) Opponents Field Goal Pct. .411 (7)
.320 (8) Opponents three-point Pct. .295 (2)
MRU_CougarsLogo2010
UBC OKANAGAN HEAT  MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (3-17, 2-8 Canada West)                        SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 6th – Explorer Division
Last week: 0-2: Fri L (95-66); Sat L (88-53) at TRU
Streak: 5 losses
2013-14 CanWest Record: 4-18 (8th – Pacific Division)
2014 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

This Weekend: Looking to get back to winning ways the UBC Okanagan Heat will be back on home court in Canada West conference play and host the Mount Royal Cougars for a poair of men’s basketball games this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 16-17). Friday night both teams will look for their first win in 2015 with top-off at 8 p.m. On Saturday, in the annual Shoot for the Cure game, and will tip-off at 7 p.m.

Head to Head: versus Mount Royal (2-4 – Canada West): In the second week of conference play the Cougars hosted the Heat on Kenyon Court, UBC Okanagan lost on Friday (88-73) but captured the rematch on Saturday (62-44) with a strong defensive game and was their first ever victory at MRU. Prior to Canada West the Heat and the Cougars have clashed four times between the years 2006 and 2011, when both teams were members of the CCAA, The Cougars have consistently been able to turn away the Okanagan squad, winning all four times. [2006/07 (70-59), 2008/09 (96-52), 2009/10 (91-70), 2010/11 (83-70)].

Missing Manshreck: David Manshreck is leading the Heat in scoring with 16.1 PPG and 6.9 RPG, the second year forward is the second leading scorer in the Explorers division. He did not suit up in the team’s two losses to TRU last weekend.

Skidding UBCO: The Heat have lost five in a row, including two last weekend to TRU. There last win was also in their last pair of home games: MacEwan on the Friday night (Nov 21- 80-76) .

Are you talking about playoffs: Three of the six Explorers Division teams qualify for the post season. There is currently a log jam for third in the Explorers division. Mount Royal, MacEwan and UNBC all have 4-6 records.  UBC Okanagan is two games back at 2-8 and need to claim at least one win this weekend before facing the undefeated (10-0) Fraser Valley Cascades next weekend in Abbotsford.

Notes from Cougar Sports Info: The Cougars are playing solid team defence, limiting their opponents to shooting only 41.1% from the field. Unfortunately, as a team, they are only making 36% of their field goals…..Manok Akwl is having a strong season for the Cougars. The fourth year forward is second on the squad with 10.9 PPG including a 19-point performance last Friday at UFV…….Akwl can also dish the ball. The team leader in assists, with 3.9 per game, has 1.5 more than his closest teammate.

logo-ShootfortheCureENSaturday Night is the Shoot for the Cure: The CIS has raised over $761,309.12 ($633,303.89 to CBCF) since 2007 [RELEASE], last January the Heat raised over $200. Come to the games this weekend and make a donation.

HEAT TEAM LEADERS:
Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
David Manshreck 16.1 Austin Penrose 11-19 (57.9%) Cameron Friesen 8-16 (50.0%) David Manshreck 6.9
Mitch Goodwin 13.9 Cameron Friesen 19-37 (51.4%) David Manshreck 20-46 (43.5%) Mitch Goodwin 4.8
Aldrich Berrios 11.0 Travis Worthing 11-22 (50.0%) Aldrich Berrios 19-52 (36.5%) Aldrich Berrios 3.7
COUGARS TEAM LEADERS:
Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
James Lefebvre 11.0 Wiande Kher 9-19 (47.4%) Wiande Kher 5-12 (41.7%) James Lefebvre 6.3
Manok Akwl 10.9 James Lefebvre 40-91 (44.0%) Jalen Gardener 12-29 (41.4%) Kyle Wilson 6.2
Deng Awak 10.8 Jalen Gardener 30-70 (42.9%) Deng Awak 6-15 (40.0%) Manok Akwl 5.4

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS   (8-11, 4-6 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: t4th Explorer Division
Last week: 0-2: Fri L 89-72; Sat L 84-69 vs UFV
Streak: 3 losses
2013-14 conference record: 9-13
2014 CW playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org

Key additions: Glen Yang
Key returnees: Awet Abraha, Deng Awak, James Lefebvre, Jalen Gardiner
Key departures:  Jared Cornish

CALGARY – The Cougars came sixth last season in the Pacific Division with a record of 9-13.  This year their core will stay intact with only one player, Jared Cornish, leaving the squad. The Cougars were able to come together last season going on a solid run to end the campaign. Coach Marc Dobell is looking for that to translate into this coming season.

The Cougars will work with a similar lineup to the one they sported in 2013-14. Guard Jared Cornish is the only notable departure. Cornish will be a sizeable loss for the Cougars. He was the team’s second leading scorer averaging 10.1 PPG and had 24 three-point field goals.

The core group of players will remain the same from last season. Deng Awak will lead a group of fifth year players, hungry for their first playoff berth in Canada West. Aside from Cornish all of the Cougar’s starters will return in 2014-15.

James Lefebvre, who had a breakout season last year, will be looked to for leadership and to help carry the load offensively in Cornish’s absence. Lefebvre averaged 9.2 points per game to go along with his 5.1 rebounds in 22 games last season. Although he did not start any games last season it is unlikely that he won’t work his way into the starting rotation this year.

The Cougars added some depth at point guard with the singing of Glen Yang from Sir Winston Churchill High School in Calgary. Averaging 18 points per game and 7 assists per game, Glen has shown he can score and get his teammates involved. Yang has proven to be a passionate, hardworking player who takes equal pride in his game at both ends of the floor.

“Glen has good vision and the ability to score. He adds depth at the point guard position, while having the skill set to play on the wing,” said Head Coach Marc Dobell.  “He will be a versatile player for us.”

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