The UFV men’s basketball team is back at fall training in preparation for the upcoming season. After hosting open gym sessions two to three times a week over the summer, they are ready to get back on the court. Players are responsible for coming in for individual or group workouts throughout the summer to enhance their game. Their first exhibition game this season is a home game on September 23, 2017 at the Envision Athletic Centre. Pre-season games begin in October, and then shift into league games. There are 20 league games this season. The team’s main goal is to make playoffs this year, which means they would continue playing until March.
Adam Friesen is the head coach of the men’s basketball team this year.
“Being a fairly young team, we are looking to learn how to succeed on the road,” Friesen said.
The team is primarily made up of first and second year athletes who are not used to travelling, or having back-to-back games and experience playing varsity basketball at the university level. Not to mention simultaneously managing expectations of their courses. The UFV men’s basketball team hopes to improve this season by “playing at a faster speed and getting more possessions,” Friesen said.
Based on the demographic and location, Trinity Western University is UFV’s biggest rival. Other teams they will compete against this season are University of British Columbia, and University of Victoria.