Heat men’s basketball take 1 of 4 in Alberta

Simon Pelland (Photo by Rob Brown)

The Heat men’s basketball team returns from Alberta with a bit of a sour taste in their mouths as they were only able to win 1 of the 4 games they played. This year the men’s team built a very strong preseason schedule as they played 3 CIS teams before facing a team in their league. After playing TRU and UFV tough last weekend the Heat flew out to Alberta ready for a big weekend.

A few hours after landing in Edmonton the Heat were on the court against one of the top programs in Canada West, the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

The Heat looking every bit the travelling team fell quickly behind as the Bears started the game on a 22-4 run. The Heat rebounded well and climbed right back into the game as both teams were tied at 38 at the half. The Heat has a bad start to the second half as the Bears started to run away with the game extending the lead to 20 just before the end of the frame and the game finished with UBC Okanagan losing 81-69.

Friday night the Heat found themselves in the home gym of national preseason favourite the NAIT Ooks.

The Heat started out sluggish against the very athletic Ooks turning the ball over 18 times in the first half as the Ooks earned a 49-20 lead at the half.

UBC Okanagan led by player of the game Simon Pelland, 16 pts, and point guard Alex Roth, 20 pts, fought back to make the final score 97-71.

Saturday night the Heat faced the Concordia Thunder and came away victorious with an 89-78 victory. Fourth year point guard Alex Roth was named Heat player of the game as he scored 17 points, Simon Pelland also dropped 17 points on the Thunder as he went 8-10 from the field.

The Heat played their fourth game in as many days as they faced a young and hungry host team, the MacEwan Griffins. This game was the third in three days for the Griffin’s and both teams struggled to shoot as fatigue played a part in the outcome. The Heat shot 30% from the field for the game and 25% from three point land. Alex Roth was named Heat player of the game with 19 points, Kyle Gabelhei, a freshman guard out of Mount Boucherie chipped in with 11 points.

Although the results were not much to look at coach Semeniuk is still pleased with his team adding that, “this group is pretty much where I thought they would be. There were moments of excellence, and also moments of disaster. At this point of the season, we have to make sure we keep a positive perspective. I thought we took away some very valuable lessons, as well as obtained some direction and focus for our training and practices.”

The Heat host the Lethbridge Kodiaks this Friday night at Kelowna Secondary game tips off at 7:00pm. On Saturday the Heat face the same Kodiaks at UBC Okanagan at 7:00pm.

Thursday September 30, 2010

University of Alberta – Edmonton AB

UBC Okanagan Heat -69

University of Alberta Golden Bears – 81

Friday October 1, 2010
NAIT – Edmonton AB

UBC Okanagan Heat -71

NAIT Ooks – 97

Saturday October 2, 2010

MacEwan University – Edmonton AB
UBC Okanagan Heat – 89

Concordia University College Thunder – 78

Sunday October 3, 2010
MacEwan University – Edmonton AB

UBC Okanagan Heat – 64

MacEwan University Griffins – 69

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