The UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team will play host to special NCAA guests as the University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos will travel north of the border for a late summer battle at historic War Memorial Gym.


The contest is set for this coming Friday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. PT and promises to be a great event and a rare opportunity to watch a Division I Big West Conference opponent while sneaking an early look at the 2018-19 Thunderbirds, admission free!


“We are very excited for our game on August 24 against UC Santa Barbara,” said long time Thunderbirds head coach Kevin Hanson. “This game will provide us with the opportunity to get an early start with putting in our offensive and defensive systems of play. We were expecting to have a young team this season but with the late additions of Manroop Clair and Jadon Cohee, suddenly we find ourselves with a couple of very talented veterans. We will need time to gel as a team and this early start is the beginning of that process. We are looking forward to the start of training camp and hopefully using this game against UCSB as a springboard.”


As Hanson mentions, it will be the first opportunity to see the highly touted transfers and local products, Clair and Jadon Cohee, share the backcourt. Clair, a sharpshooting guard out of Surrey, B.C., previously played at Seattle University while Cohee, a fellow guard out of Langley, B.C., joins the blue and gold from Southern Utah University.


It will be the second stern summer test for the T-Birds who just over two months ago welcomed the Chinese men’s National Team to campus in what turned out to be a thrilling contest in front of an exuberant sold out crowd for the exhibition friendly.