MBB: Manitoba at Timberwolves Preview

January 9, 2019

January 11th & 12th
Canada West Men’s Basketball Preview
Manitoba @ UNBC

UNBC Timberwolves - Record (7-5)
7th in Canada West Standings
84.0 Points Scored Per Game
80.8 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Jovan Leamy (20.2 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (9.3 Per Game)
Assists Leader: James Agyeman, Vova Pluzhnikov (3.3 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Jovan Leamy (2.9 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Jovan Leamy (0.9 Per Game)

Player To Watch :
Tyrell Laing, G
8.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.5 APG
A third-year guard, Laing has been leaned on in crunch-time situations by Coach Todd Jordan. A product of Prince George, Laing is shooting nearly 40% from the three-point line, while providing his signature full-court defense. The six-footer will need to be good at both ends against the Bisons.

Manitoba Bisons - Record (3-9)
14th in Canada West Standings
74.8 Points Scored Per Game
84.0 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Rashawn Browne (17.8 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: James Wagner (6.7 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Rashawn Browne (5.3 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Keiran Zziwa (1.8 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Isaac Miller-Jose (0.8 Per Game)

Player To Watch :
Rashawn Browne, G
17.8 PPG, 5.3 APG, 5.6 RPG, 1.6 SPG
The leading scorer for the Bisons, the speedy Browne is the key to Manitoba’s offensive success. Standing five-foot-ten, the Toronto native grabs rebounds at an elite level, and will need to slowed in transition, if UNBC wants to control the pace of the game.

UNBC’s Chris Ross

On this weekend’s games against the Bisons…
“We took that tough split, but our record is looking pretty good. Sitting at seven wins is nice. They are going to be coming full force at us. They like to push it in transition, so we will have to get back. I think we will need to go back at them. It is going to be an up-tempo game, for sure.”

On keys to success for the Timberwolves…
“Our team plays exceptionally well when we move the ball. As soon as we hit a three-pointer or two, everything seems to open up. We have a lot of athletic guards, and we have some quick bigs as well.”

On the importance of getting results this weekend…
“We will be playing UBC and Alberta coming up. Those are two really good teams, so it would be nice to get two wins. Then, when we head into those games, we aren’t packing a lot of weight on our shoulders, trying to get these important wins. We can just play freely.”