Friday, January 15th, 2010
UBC Okanagan Heat 75 Vancouver Island University Mariners 85
"This is not a game we will show our grandkids," noted UBC Okanagan coach Cary Mellon remarked as the coaches shook hands after the game. The game lacked a crispness of execution from both teams, this being their first action after a long Christmas break. The Mariners stormed out of the gates as they jumped out to a 10 - 0 lead in the first two minutes. After a quick timeout by Heat coach Darren Semeniuk to try and reset his charges, the Heat were able to battle with Vancouver Island University for the rest of the game. "It was a real struggle in the first half. We had to keep the length of the shifts short that produced some line-up combinations we hadn't seen before, creating issues with the team's rhythm on the offensive end. This lack of rhythm did two things: we made a lot of bad passes that went for turnovers and we couldn't get any easy baskets." The score at the half was 45 - 30 for the Mariners. In the second half, the Heat came out and were able to execute on offense and limit their turnovers. However, in the end the ten point lead spotted to the Mariners in the first two minutes ended up being the difference, with the final score turned out to be 85 - 75 Mariners. Fourth year guard Dave Joseph went for 18 points to lead the Heat, Kelowna Secondary product Ryan Fahandeg netted 17 points. Dave Mackay was a beast on the glass as he hauled in 15 rebounds.
The Heat are right back at it against the Mariners Saturday in Nanaimo at 2pm.