UBC Okanagan hosts four CIS teams to wrap up preseason play. Regular season starts November 7th, at home.
Men’s Basketball (Exhibition play) SCHEDULE & RESULTS
UBC Okanagan Gynmnasium, Kelowna, BC
KELOWNA, BC – Hosting three men’s CIS basketball team over the weekend provided the UBC Okanagan Heat a glance at the landscape of basketball in 2014.
The Heat played on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons and dropped both contests falling to the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday by seven point (85-78) and Sunday afternoon letting the Trinity Western Spartans escape with a 74-63 victory.
Thompson Rivers was the fourth team in the series with each team playing two games against a non-conference opponent.
Fri Oct 24 @ 2 p.m. - Thompson Rivers 69 Laurentian 51 | Box Score
Sat Oct 25 @ 12:15 p.m. - Thompson Rivers 76 Trinity Western 81 | Box Score
Sat Oct 25 @ 2:15 p.m. - UBC Okanagan 78 Laurentian 85 | Box Score
Sun Oct 26 @ 1 p.m. - Trinity Western 74 UBC Okanagan 63 | Box Score
In the two UBC Okanagan games the home team would fall both times, on Saturday afternoon by seven to the Laurentian Voyagers, 85-78, and on Sunday to the Spartans 74-63.
Saturday against Laurentian the Heat showcased what can be a solid and rounded offensive team as five players scored more than 10, with Mitch Goodwin (3rd year, Kelowna, BC) leading the way with 17 points. His backcourt mate Aldrich Berrios (1st year, Burnaby, BC) poured in 13, both Goodwin (3-7) and Berrios (3-5) hit three three-pointers in the contest.
First year players Ryan Morck (F, Airdrie, AB) and Dean Johnston (F, Port Coquitlam, BC) both put in for 12 points while David Manshreck (F, N. Vancouver, BC) added 10 points and led the team with nine rebounds.
Tychon Carter-Newman torched the Heat for 32 points making it to the charity stripe 19 times and converting 12 of them. David Armolaran and Ryan Bennet each with four rebounds to co-lead the Voyageurs.
Sunday afternoon in the final game of the series the Heat played Canada West Pioneer member the Trinity Western Spartans and struggled shooting the basketball scoring on under 30-percent (17-57 29.8%) from their field goals in the 74-63 loss.
David Manshreck still put up good numbers against the Langley squad leading the Heat with 14 points and snatching six rebounds. Ryan Morck also swallowed up six boards but struggled shooting 1-7 from the field for just four points.
Buzz Truss the three year starter from Kelowna Secondary went for 13 points, shooting 9-10 from the free throw line.
For Trinity Jesse Jeffers was perfect from the field 7-7 in field goals and 1-1 from, three and the free throw line to score 16 points for tops in the game, Taylor Heinrichs led TWU with seven rebounds, he also nailed two from long distance and scored nine points.
This completes the preseason for the UBC Okanagan men’s basketball team, and they were unable to find the win column going 0-8.
Up next the Heat will open up their conference schedule and look to earn that first win when the games count. Their first chance to do that will be on their home court at UBC Okanagan when they host the Fraser Valley Cascades for a pair of games Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. (Nov 7-8).