LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western's men's basketball will play host to one of the top teams in the country this weekend, as the Spartans host No. 4-ranked UBC Friday and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
Friday, Jan. 11 vs. UBC – 8 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Jan. 12 vs. UBC – 7 p.m. (PT)
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The Spartans will be seeking their first win of the season this weekend, but will need a monumental upset to accomplish the feat, as they face a UBC team riding a 10-game winning streak.
• The T-Birds are coming off victories over UBC Okanagan in which they beat the Heat by an average of 52.5 points.
• TWU's Vartan Tanielian (Byblos, Lebanon) leads TWU in scoring with 17.7 points per game (11th in CW).
• Borja Soriano (Valencia, Spain) leads TWU with 8.3 rebounds per game (9th in CW).
• Jadon Cohee, who graduated from Langley's Walnut Grove Secondary School before using three years of eligibility playing NCAA Division I basketball with Seattle University and Southern Utah University, leads the T-Birds in scoring with 19.2 points per game (7th in CW) in his first year since transferring to UBC this past summer.
• Manroop Clair, who also transferred to UBC this year after playing for Seattle University, is second in scoring with 18.8 points per game (8th in CW).
• UBC's Grant Shepard leads all CW shooters with a 64.3 field goal percentage.
• Last year, UBC beat TWU in both meetings, wining 118-65 and 84-76.
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (0-12)
U SPORTS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 16th (tied)
Last Weekend: vs. Winnipeg (105-97 L, 83-55 L)
Streak: 12 losses
Regular Season Form: L-L-L-L-L
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (11-1)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 4
Canada West Standings: 2nd
Last Weekend: vs. UBCO (100-29 W, 103-69 W)
Streak: 10 wins
Regular Season Form: W-W-W-W-W
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in CIS sports. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.