MBB: Timberwolves at Winnipeg Playoff Preview

February 6, 2018

February 8th
Canada West Men’s Basketball Playoffs Preview
UNBC @ Winnipeg
Friday @ 8 PM CT

UNBC Timberwolves (10-10)
10th in Canada West Standings
80.7 Points Scored Per Game
83.7 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Jovan Leamy (13.9 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (7.3 Per Game)
Assists Leader: James Agyeman (3.3 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Jovan Leamy (1.4 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Vaggelis Loukas (0.5 Per Game)

Player to Watch:
Jovan Leamy, F
15.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.4 SPG
A six-foot-five swing, Leamy has added dynamic athleticism in his first season with the Timberwolves. Coming off the bench in the majority of his games, he paced UNBC in scoring, while adding five rebounds per game. On the defensive end, Leamy will need to be a factor against a long Wesmen squad.

Winnipeg Wesmen (10-10)
11th in Canada West Standings
81.3 Points Scored Per Game
80.8 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Narcisse Ambanza (15.7 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Sean Tarver (7.3 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Denzel Lynch-Blair (3.8 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Denzel Lynch-Blair (2.1 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Billy Yaworsky (0.9 Per Game)

Player to Watch:
Denzel Lynch-Blair, G
14.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 2.1 SPG
A six-foot-four guard, Lynch-Blair does just about everything for the Wesmen. He is second in points and rebounds, while pacing Winnipeg in assists and steals per contest. The fourth-year will be a focus for the Timberwolves on Thursday evening.

UNBC’s Todd Jordan

On playing in the Canada West postseason…
“The guys are obviously excited to get in. But we have been playing important games for us to get into the playoffs for the last three or four weeks. It’s a testament to the hard work of the guys, not just this year, but over the last couple years.”

On two 10-10 teams going head-to-head in the playoffs…
“This year was very interesting with the parity throughout the league. From the fifth-place team to about the 12th-place team in the league, they were all separated by a couple games. It should make for an exciting matchup.”

On Thursday’s matchup with the Wesmen…
“They get out in transition and they have some really good athletes, so if you can slow them in transition, that’s a big thing. They’ve got guys who can slash and attack, so that’s a big part of our gameplan.”

On the Timberwolves’ approach for the game…
“I’m proud of the guys and the growth they’ve shown. We have talked about continuing to grow in those areas, and we are still hoping we haven’t hit our peak yet. If we do that, we give ourselves a really good shot.”