University of Detroit Mercy-Titans Wrap Up Canadian Road Trip in Langley
Aug 19, 2014
The University of Detroit Mercy-Titans defeated the Trinity Western University Spartans 88-78 in exhibition play at the Langley Events Centre Monday night.
The Titans played four games in five nights against Canadian universities, going 4-0 on their West Coast trip.
“I think Canadian basketball is on the rise,” said Titans head coach Ray McCallum. “This is my thirtieth year in coaching and I wanted to come up here and have this experience because I know basketball is getting better in Canada.”
The Titans, who play in the Horizon league in the NCAA, were led again by Juwan Howard Jr., who scored 15 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in Monday’s victory.
“Anytime you can get on the court as a team in the off-season is great,” said Howard Jr. “It’s great to come together as a team, get an identity for the Titans and have some fun too”.
Howard Jr. was the team’s leading scorer last season averaging 18.3 points per game. His father, Juwan Howard, played nineteen seasons in the NBA and won two NBA Championships with LeBron James and the Miami Heat before retiring in 2013.
“My greatest memory with my Dad is seeing him winning his first championship,” said Howard Jr. “Just to see the joy on my Dad’s face, for him to finally win one after eighteen years was one the greatest things to be a part of.”
“My Dad texts me after every game to go hard, work hard and play smart,” said Howard Jr. “That’s one of the things he’s instilled in me and I take that in to each and every game.”
The Titans are off do some sightseeing in the next couple of days including a boat tour, visiting the Olympic Village and Whistler, before flying back on Thursday to get ready for their season.
“We’re at a point in our program when you’re one of the best teams in the Horizon league, you’re one of the best teams in America,” said the Titans head coach. “After experiencing an NCAA tournament berth two seasons ago, the goal is to get back there.”
McCallum’s son is a member of the Sacramento Kings, who’ll be in Vancouver in October when they play the Toronto Raptors in an exhibition matchup.
“Pro basketball can definitely survive in Vancouver,” said McCallum. “You have the diversity, the fans are passionate and knowledgeable. The last two number one NBA draft picks have been Canadian. Plus there’s a lot of other up and comers that we’ll see be very pick in future drafts.”
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