The UBC Okanagan Heat were able to really frustrate the Camosun Chargers with a strong defensive showing as they go on to a 64-51 victory Saturday at the VIU Mariner tournament.
Both the Heat and the Chargers waged a fierce defensive struggle in the first half but the Heat led 28-24 after two quarters of play.
The Heat's defense led by veteran forwards, Steve Morrison and Dave Mackay, held the Chargers to just two field goals in the third quarter as UBC Okanagan extended their lead to fifteen points 48-33. Micah Cockrill cashed in 8 of his game high 13 points in the third quarter to help extend the lead.
The Hears defense loosened up in the final quarter yet the Heat was able to maintain their lead and hold back the Chargers to finish with a 64-51victory. Fourth year player Simon Pelland finished with 13 points while guard Dan Briscoe dropped in 12.
"I really liked the way the team let the defensive end translate to opportunities offensively," added head coach Darren Semeniuk. "This is what exhibition games are for; I think the team is really starting to believe that playing with that intensity on the defensive end of the floor will be a fun style of play for us."