Two game homestand for men’s basketball

By Cary Mellon on January 28, 2015

(Greystoke Photography)

Mitch Goodwin tallied three 3s in Kamloops vs TRU earlier in the year.(Greystoke Photography)

Game Times

FRIDAY, JAN. 30th:
8 PM | UBC Okanagan  vs Thompson Rivers

7 PM | UBC Okanagan  vs Thompson Rivers

@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

68.1 (17) Points per game 80.6 (6)
.382 (16) Field Goal Pct. .430 (9)
.337 (9) Three-point Pct. .369 (2)
.708 (6) Free Throw Pct. .769 (14)
-0.9 (12) Rebound Margin per game  -0.2 (9)
77.5 (9) Points per game allowed 74.5 (5)
.400 (3) Opponents Field Goal Pct. .399 (2)
.314 (6) Opponents three-point Pct. .343 (11)

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (3-21, 2-12 Canada West)                        SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 6th – Explorer Division
Last week: 0-2: Fri L (73-66); Sat L (79-65) at UFV
Streak: 9 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:  After two closely fought games in Abbotsford  last weekend versus the undefeated Cascades the young Heat men’s basketball team will now host the 8-6 Thompson Rivers WolfPack for a pair of games this Friday and Saturday. The two BC Interior rivals will hit the hardwood at the UBC Okanagan Gymansium on Friday (Jan. 30) at 8 p.m. The two teams will have the rematch on Saturday (Jan. 31) and tip-off at 7 p.m.

Head-to-Head – versus the TRU: (4-4 in CW) The two teams have played eight times in Canada West with UBC Okanagan winning four of the first six, splitting the games last season with each home team losing. This year in the Explorer division there will be four games between the teams, two in Kelowna and two in Kamloops. TRU grabbed the first two in Kamloops at the beginning of January: Jan. 9 (95-66) and Jan. 10 (88-53).

Berrios the Magnificent: Freshman guard Aldrich Berrios is making a strong case for Canada West Rookie of the Year in men’s basketball. The 6-foot 1 guard from Notre Dame Secondary in Vancouver, BC has started all 14 games for UBC Okanagan. A combo guard in high school the former two-sport star  – he was also offered scholarships to play CIS football – is learning to play the point guard position on the job. As true ‘straight out of high school’ freshman guard Berrios is averaging 34 minutes a game, is third on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg.), fourth on the team in rebounding (3.6 rpg.) and leads the team in assists (3.0 apg.). A strong shooter he has made the sixth most threes in Canada West (32-87 36.8%).

His competition according to is: Zac Overwater – Lethbridge –  The 6-7 wing hits 10.1 ppg., 4.3 rpg.,  19/43 for 44.2% from 3, 44.5 % from the floor. 26.1 mins.; Lars Schlueter, Calgary – 38.1%  from 3, starts and plays 24 mins, 40% from floor, 3.1 rebs, 8.4 ppg.; Buzz Truss – Okanagan – Kelowna native scores 6.6 ppg, 1.0 Asst/turnovers, 3.1 rebs; Andriy Halushko –  Alberta – 15/28 for 53.6% from 3; coming on as a scorer for the Bears.

From TRU Sports Info: The WolfPack are hoping to have Josh Wolfram back in the lineup against UBC Okanagan.  He leads the Canada West in rebounds (10.8 per game), is fourth in three point per cent (47.8) and is fourth in overall points (19.2 per game).   He missed Saturday’s (Jan 24) win over MacEwan with a lower body injury. Reese Pribilsky is third in Canada West in steals (2.6 per game) and fifth in assists (4.5).

President’s Cup: With this weekend being the last mach-ups between TRU and UBC Okanagan in any varsity sports the President’s Cup will once again be handed out. The President’s Cup is a competition between the two BC Interior schools and a men’s and women’s award is handed out yearly. [More info]. UBC Okanagan will once again concede the men’s cup to Thompson Rivers. TRU is up 4-1 and even with two wins by the Heat the ‘Pack will claim the Cup for a second straight year.

 ~ With notes from Larry Read (TRU Sports Information)

Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) min 40 att. 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
David Manshreck 16.1 Cameron Friesen 25-58 (43.1%) David Manshreck 24-54 (44.4%) David Manshreck 6.9
Mitch Goodwin 13.0 David Manshreck 49-116 (42.2%) Cameron Friesen 11-27 (40.7%) Mitch Goodwin 4.9
Aldrich Berrios 12.4 Buzz Truss 33-81 (40.7%) Aldrich Berrios 32-87 (36.8%) Noma Obaseki 4.2
Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) min 40 att. 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
Josh Wolfram 19.2 Josh Wolfram 92-186 (49.5%) Josh Wolfram 22-46 (47.8%) Josh Wolfram 10.8
Brett Rouault 13.8 Tallon Milne 43-88 (48.9%) Brett Parker 26-57 (45.6%) Tallon Milne 6.4
Reese Pribilsky 12.3 Brett Parker 40-85 (47.1%) Brett Rouault 26-60 (43.3%) Brett Rouault 4.2

THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK   (13-11, 8-6 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 2nd Explorer Division
Last week: 1-1: Fri L (88-79); Sat W (95-87) at MacEwan
Streak: 1 win
2013-14 conference record: 13-9
2014 CW playoffs: Lost in quarterfinals
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

preseason preview courtesy of

Key returnees: Josh Wolfram, Reese Pribilsky, Tallon Milne
Key additions: Sean Price, Josh Mayorga, Victor Aguero
Key departures: Ta’Quan Zimmerman

KAMLOOPS – The evolution of the WolfPack basketball program under coach Scott Clark continues in an upward trend.  Thompson Rivers made the playoffs for the first time since joining CIS and that is the goal this year.

Clark has a solid core of veterans led by Josh Wolfram (fourth year, forward, Kamloops, BC) who was among the Canada West leaders in a number of categories last year as was Reese Pribilsky (fourth year, guard, Victoria, BC) and Tallon Milne (fifth year forward, Vanderhoof, BC).

Other veterans set to contribute are fifth year guards Brett Parker (Langley, BC) and Brett Rouault (Vernon, BC) and fourth year forward Gerard Gore (St. John’s Antiqua).

The WolfPack recruited two top players out of U.S. Junior College: Sean Price and Victor Aguero (both from Washington State).  Another highly touted fresh face is Josh Mayorga (Langley, BC) who attended the Junior National team training camp and led Walnut Grove to a BC “AAA” high school championship.