The Heat win on Sunday after falling Friday night while hosting two CCAA teams this past weekend.
Men’s Basketball (Exhibition)
KELOWNA, BC – In two exhibition games at UBC Okanagan this past weekend the young UBC Okanagan Heat men’s basketball team split their games falling to Douglas on Friday night (57-53) before righting the ship and dethroning Red Deer 92-61.
In lieu of travelling over the winter break coach Pete Guarasci elected to gather his team in Kelowna at the end of December and bring in some competition from BC and Alberta. Coach Guarasci and his team hosted the Douglas College Royals from Vancouver and the Red Deer Kings, the CCAA national silver medalist, from the ACAC.
Fri Jan. 2 | UBC Okanagan vs. Douglas | L 57-53
Sun Jan. 4 | UBC Okanagan vs. Red Deer | W 92-61
In the Friday night Heat loss the Holiday rust was clearly evident for both squads as miscues and missed shots kept both teams below 60 points and finished with a 57-53 final for Douglas.
UBC Okanagan could only find scoring from their starting back court after losing the team’s leading scorer, David Manshreck, and his 16.1 points per game in the first minutes of the game, after which the offense was driven by guards Mitch Goodwin and Aldrich Berrios.
The two guards finished with a combined 39 points, Goodwin hit five threes and led the team with 23 points, the rookie Berrios netted four threes of his own for 12 of his 16 total points. No other UBC Okanagan player had more than four points.
Douglas led from nearly the first minute and didn’t relinquish the lead until 1:21 left in the fourth quarter when Mitch Goodwin hit a three to give his team a 53-51 point bulge. Douglas would close out the game by scoring six straight points and winning in Kelowna.
In the Sunday afternoon game against Red Deer Goodwin and Berrios got all the offensive support they needed as the Heat score 92 in the win.
Berrios led the way on Sunday finishing with 20 points; Goodwin scored 16 to chip in versus the Kings. Buzz Truss, the rookie from Kelowna Secondary, scored 10, along with Rutland’s Travis Worthing, who netted his 10 all in the second half.
UBC Okanagan scored 27 points in the first quarter, building a quick 10 point lead and pushing that lead to 21 with a 45-24 score at the half.
For Red Deer Mike Zurakowski led with 17 points, 12 of those coming in the fourth quarter for the second year guard in the 92-61 UBC Okanagan win to close out the weekend.
Returning to regular season Canada West action this weekend UBC Okanagan will get their first shot against fellow BC Interior squad, the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on the road.
The WolfPack are 4-4 and currently holding down the third and final playoff spot in the Explorer Division. UBC Okanagan is 2-6 and hope to even their record with TRU with two wins in Kamloops this Friday and Saturday.
Friday night tip-off is 8 p.m. at the Tournament Capital Centre in the WolfPack’s annual KidSport game. The women tip-off prior to the men at 6 p.m.
Saturday, again at the TCC in Kamloops, the men play TRU following the women’s game. The women get underway at 5 p.m. and the men at 7 p.m.