Thunderbirds look to continue winning ways against Brandon


Vancouver, BC – The UBC men’s basketball team will host the Brandon University Bobcats in a Canada West regular season series this upcoming weekend at War Memorial Gymnasium. Friday and Saturday’s games will begin at 8p.m. and 7p.m. PT, respectively.

After a successful trip to Hawaii over the holidays, in regards to both on-court performance as well as off-court team relations, the Thunderbirds opened the New Year with a dominating weekend sweep of the University of Lethbridge. The Thunderbirds, winners of four straight conference games, currently hold a record of 5-5.

Tommy Nixon, in his fifth and final year, has been a key asset to the Thunderbirds through their four game win streak.

“The camaraderie that we have off the court has gotten us through the tough parts of the year,” said Nixon. “We’re now starting to apply that on the court, and beginning to play well cohesively.”

Against Lethbridge, Nixon scored a career-high 36 points in Friday night’s game, and followed with a 21 point, nine rebound performance on Saturday. He shot a resourceful 20-23 from the field in the weekend’s games. For his efforts, Nixon was named the Canada West First Star of the Week as well as the CIS Athlete of the Week.

“I’ve been trying to play as efficient as possible within what we run,” said Nixon of his performance thus far in his last season with the Thunderbirds.

Through 10 games in the 2014-2015 Canada West regular season, Nixon has averaged 19.0 points per game, while shooting at an impressive 55% overall, 51% from distance, and 88% from the free throw line – all career highs.

As the Thunderbirds have been ascending, the Brandon Bobcats, at 1-11, do not appear to be in playoff contention.

“[Brandon] has nothing to lose, and we can’t afford to lose games,” said Nixon. “We can’t take any team lightly at this point.”

After this weekend’s series versus the Bobcats, UBC will have eight games left in the 2014-2015 regular season before playoffs begin in February.

Nixon notes that confidence levels are high in the locker room, as the team tries to build on their recent successes.

“Overall, we’re on the rise right now, both on and off the court,” said Nixon. “When we’re firing on all cylinders, we’re a tough team to stop.”

Tipoff for the games will occur at 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday at UBC’s War Memorial Gymnasium.

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