Jack Simpson Gymnasium, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Total|
|UBC Okanagan||15||25||17||12||69||Record: (0-8)|
CALGARY, A.B., The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s basketball team will continue searching for their first win of the season after the Calgary Dinos capitalized on a series of crucial missteps by the Heat to finally pull away in the closing minutes of the matchup to a 79-65 result.
The backcourt tandem of James Lum (3rd year, Vancouver, BC) and Yassine Ghomari (4th year, Vancouver, BC) carried the Heat on their shoulders for most of the game, relentlessly pressuring Calgary’s guards and forcing several key turnovers. Ghomari would net a team-high 20 points on 8-17 shooting while also grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Lum added 13 with three steals. The Dinos would commit 19 turnovers to the Heat's 12, and those turnovers would result in 16 Heat points, 9 of them occurring in the second quarter.
Once again, Calgary’s Ogungbemi-Jackson came up big for the Dinos, scoring a game-high 24 points while dishing out three assists and grabbing four rebounds en route to his team’s victory. Teammate Matt Letkeman got into foul trouble in the third quarter, but would finish with 14 points and six rebounds. Ogungbemi-Jackson scored 14 of his 24 in the third quarter to push the Dinos in front.
The Heat came out of the gate strong, commanding a 15-11 lead after the first and held a 40-33 margin at the half. Ghomari would have 12 of his 20 points before the half.
Despite Jackson’s herculean efforts, Josh Turner’s punctuations at the buzzers of the first and third quarters had to leave their psychological mark on the Heat. Turner would wind up with 17 points.
The Heat would go cold at the worst moment down the stretch of the fourth quarter, and a combination of unfortunate turnovers and lapses in defensive plays allowed the Dinos to extend a 65-62 at 2:42 to 72-62 with 26 seconds left.
"We played a solid offensive game in the first half," said Heat coach Pete Guarasci. "We came out flat to start the second half but managed to battle back to make it a 2-3 possession game. We just weren't able to come up with he key score or stop to get within a winning position."
UBC Okanagan remains winless at 0-8 while Calgary evens its record at 4-4. The Heat will get their last shot at a win before the mid-season winter break next weekend when they host the UNBC Timberwolves for a back-to-back. Tip-off Friday and Saturday night will be 8 and 7 p.m., respectively.
- with notes from Lindsay Franco (Multimedia & Communications Coordinator, Dinos Athletics |University of Calgary)