MBB: Timberwolves at Trinity Western Preview

Men's Basketball
November 6, 2019

Canada West Men’s Basketball Preview
UNBC @ Trinity West
November 8th, 2019 @ 8 PM
November 9th, 2019 @ 7 PM

UNBC Timberwolves - Record (1-1)
9th in Canada West Standings
74.0 Points Scored Per Game
82.0 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Tyrell Laing (21.5 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Fareed Shittu (9.0 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Vova Pluzhnikov (5.5 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Saje Gosal, Vova Pluzhnikov (1.5 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Anthony Hokanson (1.5 Per Game)

Player to Watch: Tyrell Laing, G
21.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.5 APG
Laing will be leaned on heavily this season, as his role continues to increase for a young TWolves roster. An equally-lethal outside shooter and slasher, the Prince George product will need to be assertive against a re-tooled Spartans program that will be hungry for a victory in their home opener.

Trinity West Spartans - Record (0-2)
15th in Canada West Standings
75.0 Points Scored Per Game
93.5 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Ja'Qualyn Gilbreath (20.0 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Jack Nadelhoffer (9.0 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Ja'Qualyn Gilbreath (2.5 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Jack Nadelhoffer (2.5 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Jack Nadelhoffer (2.0 Per Game)

Player to Watch: Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath, G
20.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.5 SPG
Coming off a 31-point performance against the TRU WolfPack, Gilbreath provides a dynamic aspect to the Trinity Western lineup. Standing six-foot-two, the Amarillo, Texas export is a lean athlete who can create shots for himself or his teammates. UNBC will need to slow the fourth-year guard, if they plan to contain the Spartans.

UNBC’s Spencer Ledoux

On the matchup with the Spartans…
“Every U SPORTS team is dangerous, and is full of good basketball players. Trinity is a solid team and they will be really challenging to beat. The parity and talent is what makes this league so great.”

On the approach to the first road games of the year…
“We have been preparing hard for these games with Trinity. We are a young, hungry squad who needs every win we can get. The games are crucial.

On team mood after opening weekend…
“With the weekend being so bittersweet, having the first win being such a high and the loss being such a low, we are not feeling disappointed with the result, but we’re definitely not satisfied. I expect a really good effort on both nights this weekend.”

On expanded role …
“My role has become much bigger this year, and I have to grow to fill the shoes of the senior ‘bigs’ that were before me. I’m not there yet, but it’s coming.”