On road versus MacEwan in Edmonton up next for Heat


On road versus MacEwan in Edmonton up next for Heat

By Cary Mellon on February 4, 2015

(Greystoke Photography)

(Greystoke Photography)

Game Times

7 PM (PST) | UBC Okanagan at MacEwan

7 PM (PST) | UBC Okanagan at MacEwan


Edmonton, AB (MacEwan City Centre Gym)

68.6 (17) Points per game 74.7 (14)
.381 (16) Field Goal Pct. .388 (14)
.345 (7) Three-point Pct. .338 (10)
.710 (7) Free Throw Pct. .772 (2)
-0.9 (12) Rebound Margin per game  -5.0 (16)
77.5 (10) Points per game allowed 82.4 (15)
.405 (3) Opponents Field Goal Pct. .424 (9)
.322 (7) Opponents three-point Pct. .359 (14)

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 splitting with the TRU WolfPack the young Heat men’s basketball team take to the road for the final time in the 2014/15 season and for the first time in Canada West conference play they will clash with the MacEwan Griffins on their home court in Edmonton Alberta. The Griffins and Heat wit the hardwood at the MacEwan City Centre Gym Friday at 7 p.m. (PST) and the fourth and final game between these teams will begin on Saturday at 7 p.m. (PST).

Head-to-Head – versus the Griffins: (4-4 – overall, 1-1 – CW) The two new to CIS clubs split the first portion of the season series in Kelowna. (80 UBCO 76 MCN | 68 MCN 64 UBCO). Although the Griffins are new to Canada West this year the Griffins and UBC Okanagan have met several times over the years. In 2010/11 the teams met twice with MacEwan winning on their home court and the Heat earning a win at a Thanksgiving tournament in Nanaimo. In 2008/09 the teams played two games in Kelowna with the team’s once again splitting the two contests. In 2007/08 the Griffins took down UBC  Okanagan at the national championships in Montreal and in 2006/07, UBC Okanagan dropped MacEwan at their own tournament.

Special night in Edmonton: This is MacEwan’s final home games and they will honour fifth year senior Lee Danderfer as he plays his final home game in a Griffins uniform.

Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) min 40 att. 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
David Manshreck 15.7 Austin Penrose 18-40 (45.0%) David Manshreck 28-64 (43.8%) David Manshreck 7.4
Mitch Goodwin 13.4 Cameron Friesen 29-69 (42.0%) Cameron Friesen 15-35 (42.9%) Mitch Goodwin 5.1
Aldrich Berrios 12.6 David Manshreck 58-139 (41.7%) Aldrich Berrios 39-99 (39.4%) Noma Obaseki 4.2
Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) min 40 att. 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
Denzel James 17.7 Ryan May 73-158 (46.2%) Denzel James 30-75 (40.0%) Ryan May 8.4
Lee Danderfer 14.6 Brandon Sackey 34-77 (44.2%) Keith Gerdes 24-64 (37.5%) Denzel James 6.0
Keith Gerdes 13.1 Denzel James 94-218 (43.1%) Lee Danderfer 52-152 (34.2%) Keith Gerdes 5.7

MACEWAN GRIFFINS   (2-2, 2-3 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: t4th Explorer Division
Last week: 2-0: Fri W (77-63); Sat W (75-62) at UNBC
Streak: 1 win
2013-14 conference record: N/A
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: Lee Danderfer, Brandon Sackey, Liban Hassan, Deonte Doslov-Doctor, Tarik Scott
Key returnees: Keith Gerdes, Seaid Deria, Ryan May, Thomas Jereniuk, Denzel James
Key departures:  Adam Boyd, Tyler Wise, Gio Shettler

EDMONTON – The MacEwan University men’s basketball team has turned a new leaf this season and make their Canada West debut with seven new faces to complement the seven returners in their lineup. Pacing the sidelines for his third season, head coach Eric Magdanz is pleased with the long term pieces he has acquired this off season.

Magdanz’s incoming class is headlined by University of Alberta at Augustana transfer Lee Danderfer. Danderfer’s veteran presence has already made an impact as he helped lead the Griffins to the preseason Naismith Tournament title, hosted by the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Brandon Sackey (Tiffin University, OH) and Liban Hassan (Centennial College, ON) will round out the current transfers to the program. The Griffins will also add Kenneth Johnson (Monroe Community College, NY) to the roster after the December break. Each of the incoming transfers will be expected to make an immediate impact and will be relied on for valuable minutes from the season’s outset.

While there are many new faces in the lineup, the returning core of players have formed the foundation for the Griffins’ future. Keith Gerdes, Ryan May, Denzel James and Seaid Deria will not only lead the team on the court, but will be heavily relied upon to provide leadership as the Griffins wade into the uncharted waters of their new league.

Making their interuniversity debut, the Griffins have also added Tarik Scott, a highly touted guard who play for British Columbia’s U17 program at the Canada Summer Games to their roster, as well as local recruits Daniel Fessahye and Deonte Doslov-Doctor.