An NCAA Div. 1 team from Americaâ€™s Motor City hopes to be firing on all cylinders when it visits the Langley Events Centre to take on Trinity Western University on Monday.
The Trinity Western University Spartans menâ€™s basketball team opens its preseason Monday night by hosting the NCAA Division 1 University of Detroit- Mercy Titans.
Last season Trinity Western finished with a 10-12 record in the Canada West Conference.
This year, with some fresh faces in their lineup, the Spartans are looking for some big production from the new players.
â€œWe have seven rookies in the lineup and itâ€™s always exciting to see who is ready to make the transition to CIS basketball,â€ Spartans head coach Scott Allen said. â€œOur veterans have been amazing with assisting the younger players on what it will take to be successful on and off the court.â€
The Spartans have fared well recently versus NCAA Div. 1 opponents with wins over Santa Clara and Colorado.
â€œWe like the early challenge and it gives us an early indication of where we currently stand in respect to our team and individual progression,â€ Allen said. â€œPreparation is much easier when you know you have a tough opponent to prepare for,â€ commented Allen.
The Titans are led by head coach Ray McCallum, who has helped guide the Titans to impressive back-to-back 20 win seasons including an appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2012.
Detroit-Mercy is playing four games in five days in B.C. with a stop at the LEC on Aug. 18.
â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to going to Canada and bond,â€ McCallum said during a recent interview with HLN Detroit. â€œThe experience is going to be key. Weâ€™re going to play against teams where the rules are different. Thereâ€™s a twenty-four second shot clock and four quarters, which will be good for us.â€
One of the players to watch for on the Titans is Juwan Howard Jr, son of NBA great Juwan Howard. Last season, Howard Jr. averaged a team high 18.3 points per game, fourth in the Horizon League.
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