Friday, October 28, 2016

Potential Prince Rupert reunion at UBC tournament this weekend

They're not going to meet on the court this time around, but sometime over the weekend a pair of Prince Rupert basketball players may cross paths as the UBC Thunderbirds host the UBC Invitational at the Point Grey campus.

Showing the flag for Rainmaker basketball in CIS  this year are Justin McChesney with the T-Birds and Kyler Eckess with Thomson Rivers and both are getting their share of some floor time as the pre-season continues on.

Kyler Eckess at the TRU Wolfpack
were in action on Thursday
Justin McChesney and the UBC T-Birds host the
UBC Invitational this weekend in Vancouver

Last weekend both players saw action in separate locations, with Justin McChesney and the UBC T-Birds in Edmonton for the Golden Bear Invitational. McChesney saw action in two games taking on the University of Western Ontario Mustangs on Friday night and then North Bay's Nipissing University on Saturday night.

For Kyler Eckess and the Thomson Rivers University Wolfpack, Langley was the destination with a 92-78 victory over the Trinity Western.

This week, the Wolfpack provided for some pre-tournament competition for a visiting Ontario school on Thursday. The TRU squad finished up their pre season schedule at the UBC War Memorial Gym with a 71-66 victory over Thunder Bay's Lakehead University, Thursday's game marks their only game in Vancouver on the weekend.

The Thunderbirds see action tonight at 7 PM taking on Wilfred Laurier from Kitchener Ontario, Saturday UBC meets up with Lakehead.

The games are available on the CanadaWest subscription TV service

The first opportunity for a potential Rupert reunion on the court comes up next weekend when the CIS regular season opens up with a two game series between UBC and Thomson Rivers hosted at the Kanloops campus.

Some notes on this weekend's action can be reviewed below:

'Tough and explosive' teams from Ontario look to cool off T-Birds at UBC Invitational
WolfPack Men's Basketball Wind Up Pre-Season vs Lakehead

More notes on Prince Rupert athletes involved in University sports can be found here.

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