Heat hoops back home to host Manitoba opponents

Mitch Goodwin and the UBCO men
Mitch Goodwin and the UBCO men's basketball squad will host Winnipeg and Manitoba this weekend in Canada West basketball action.
— image credit: Alex Hill/Contributed

• Women’s Basketball

The 3-13 Heat will return home this weekend after a positive weekend in Abbotsford to host the 8-8 Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday and the 3-13 Manitoba Bisons on Saturday.

Despite Friday evening’s game slipping away from the Heat, 66-31, UBC Okanagan would rebound in Saturday night’s game in a big way. The Heat would trail by only four heading into the half versus Pacific Division-leading Cascades, and while they would ultimately lose 65-52, they showed vast improvement in their game versus one of Canada West’s best teams.

The Heat will first host the Wesmen on Fri, Jan 31 with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. The Heat will then host the Bisons on Sat, Feb 1 with the jump ball to go up at 5 p.m. Both games are to be held at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium.

• Men’s Basketball

Retreating to the confines of their home gymnasium, the 3-13 UBC Okanagan Heat are hoping that some home cooking will boost their chances versus the 11-5 Winnipeg Wesmen and the 4-12 Manitoba Bisons.

The Heat did not have a very successful weekend in Abbotsford versus the UFV Cascades, who promptly disposed of UBC Okanagan in both games, 69-55 and 79-32.

Winnipeg on the other hand, continued to build on their current win streak with two additional wins versus the visiting Brandon Bobcats, 77-69 and 77-69. Their win streak now sits at 5.

Two very hot teams will surely bring their A-game to UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium, and the Heat seem up to the task of playing spoiler. The Heat will first host the Wesmen on Friday (Jan 31), and will then host Manitoba on Saturday (Feb 1). Tip-off for Friday’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m. PST, while Saturday’s game will start an hour early at 7 p.m. PST.

• Women’s Volleyball

After earning a series split versus the Alberta Pandas, the 11-7 Heat will make their way to Manitoba for a crucial two-game series versus the team they are currently tied for fourth with in the standings - the 11-7 Manitoba Bisons.

After securing the 3-2 (24-26, 26-24, 25-15, 21-25, 15-13) victory Friday night after being down six in the fifth set, the Heat were unable to complete the sweep of the Pandas Saturday night, who made good on their second shot against UBC Okanagan in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-15) victory.

What is sure to be an excellent weekend of volleyball ripe with playoff seeding implications will begin Fri, Jan 31 and conclude Sat, Feb 1 from the Investors Group Athletics Centre in Winnipeg.

• Men’s Volleyball

Despite their 4-14 record, the Heat have shown marked improvement over the past three weekends, and look to build upon their strong play as of late versus the 7-11 Bisons this weekend, as UBC Okanagan will make their way to Manitoba for two games.

After a tough 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-17) loss in their first game versus Alberta last weekend, the Heat would put the third-ranked team to the test in their second meeting, but would ultimately fall 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-13, 25-22).

Both teams will look to build off of strong Saturday night performances this coming weekend, January 31 and Feburary 1, as the Bisons will play host to the Heat for two games.


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