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MVP from Belize joins Seawolves Basketball Squad

Author: S. Guimond

Posted on Sep 8, 2022

Category: ACAA , Varsity Sports , Basketball

Alexander Ariola has officially signed with the Seawolves basketball team for the 2022-23 varsity season.


Originally from Belize City, Belize, Alex is a transfer from Briercrest College in Saskatchewan that brings some great experience to the Seawolves team. He began playing basketball when he was seven years old and has been playing shooting guard/small forward throughout his career. In his senior year, Alex won the MVP award for the local high school tournament in Belize City. In 2021, he received an athletic scholarship to play basketball at Briercrest, where he played one year. During his time in Junior College in Belize and at Briercrest, he studied Business Administration and maintained a solid grade point average. He will continue with the Bachelor of Business Administration at the Saint John campus. He chose UNB Saint John because of the diversity and the small classroom sizes which will provide quality interaction with his professors.

Alex is looking forward to a great opportunity to develop as an athlete. Basketball has always provided him with the discipline and conditioning he needs to excel in his academic and personal life. For him, one of the biggest takeaways is that basketball has taught him the true meaning and importance of being a team player.

“Basketball means the world to me. The sport is something I take really seriously, and I just want to make the most of the time that I am able to play at my highest level. I use basketball as an outlet to clear my mind”

His goals for the season are to be the best teammate he can be, to be a leader, and most of all, have fun while contributing to the success of the team. Alexander comes by hard work honestly; thanks to his mother, who has been a major influence on him. She has helped him understand that nothing in life comes easy and has always set a good example for him and his brother. She instilled qualities in Alex such as effort, determination, and discipline to carry with him in life and as he begins his new journey with the Seawolves.

Head coach, Peter Vincent, spoke to Alex by video conference several months ago to discuss a transfer from Briercrest College. Alex sent him some video files to watch and soon after the process to transfer schools was put into motion.

“My first impression of Alex was that he had size that we desperately need, and it certainly helps he has skills to go with his height!”

Coach Vincent is hopeful that Alex will help the team hold their own against teams that outsize the Seawolves. His ability to defend and score will be crucial to helping the team move towards success for the season. His intelligence and strong family values will help the program on and off the court.

Welcome to the Seawolves Family Alex!