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UNBC point guard Sunga makes grade as Canada West player of the week

Second-year Burnaby recruit key in T-wolves run to bronze medal in conference playoffs
UNBC point guard Justin Sunga, shown competing Jan. 26 against the TRU WolfPack in Kamloops, is the Canada West player of the week.

Days after his Timberwolves made history as the first team in UNBC history to win a U SPORTS Canada West medal, Justin Sunga has been named the conference’s men’s basketball player of the week.

He’s the first UNBC athlete to ever receive the honor since the T-wolves joined the league in 2012.

Sunga, the starting point guard was a central figure in UNBC’s playoff run to the bronze medal, capped by their 94-80 win over the Calgary Dinos Sunday in Winnipeg.

In the four playoff games Sunga averaged 13 points, nine points and 4.5 rebounds to help the T-wolves upset wins over UBC and Manitoba that led up to their bronze medal win.

Sunga, a Burnaby high school product, joined the T-wolves for the 2022-23 season. This year he averaged 5.3 assists and 10.2 points per game and broke two team records.

He collected 10 assists in a game against Grant MacEwan on Nov. 18 and went on to set the all-time season record with 105 helpers.