Friday night will feature a battle of the top two teams in the men's basketball Game of the Week when the Quest Kermodes host the VIU Mariners.
This match up will feature four of the top six scorers in the Conference. Both Josh Ross and John Thompson of the Mariners lead the Conference in scoring with 18.4 points a game, followed by Theo VandenEkart (16.7) and Dallas Searles (15.3) of the Kermodes.
The Mariners (9-0) are still undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation. They are also the only team able to beat the Kermodes (8-1) this season with an 11 point victory at home on November 21st as the teams entered the holiday break. That night the Mariners had a balanced attack shooting 36% from the field with five players in double digits led by a Jason Fortin double-double of 16 points and 11 boards. Curtis Wilson also tallied a double-double of 10 and 10. The Kermodes countered with 19 points from VandenEkart, while shooting 36% from the field. Their bench also outscored the Mariners' bench 24-17.
Offensively the Mariners have been cruising averaging 97 points a game. The Kermodes on the other hand have scored 82 points a game.
With all the fire power these two teams possess offensively, this game should come down to defence and mistakes. The Kermodes have allowed a Conference low 67 points a game, while the Mariners are allowing 69 points a game.
On the turnover side, the Kermodes are forcing almost 20 a game, however they are also giving up 19 a game. Against the Mariners they will need to tighten up. The defending champs are turning the ball over a Conference low 15 times a game, while creating 18 defensively.
Both teams have five outstanding starters, so the bench could play an important role. The Kermodes' bench is scoring 30 points a game, compared to the 25 from the Mariners.
This game could go a long way when determining the standings with just over a month left in the season. They will see each other one more time before the provincial tournament on February 5th at VIU.
Tip-off on Friday night at Quest is scheduled for 8:00pm, following the women's game.