For the first time in three years, since February 2012, the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s basketball team were beaten in Kamloops by the WolfPack.
Men's Basketball (Canada West conference play)
|UBC Okanagan (2-7)||11||22||17||16||66|
|Thompson Rivers (5-4)||23||25||32||15||95|
KAMLOOPS, BC - The 2015 portion of their Canada West men’s basketball season kicked off for UBC Okanagan on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre Friday (Jan 9) and saw witness to a 95-66 loss to the home Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
The WolfPack upped their record in the Explorer Division to 5-4 following the 29-point victory while the loss has the young UBC Oknagan Heat record fall to 2-7.
“We had to adjust to playing against a zone defense,” said Heat head coach Paul Guarasci. I think we did an OK job of that in stretches. But the big part for us defensively was that we didn’t play with the intensity we need against these guys. We let them move the ball around the perimeter and execute their backdoor cuts and pass the ball to spots where they wanted. If we want a chance to compete, our intensity on defense has to be better.”
Guarasci added: “This is probably the first zone we have seen right off the bat. We haven’t played against zone much. I have a very young group. Against guys who are actually communicating and are older, it is daunting. It was a good experience for us. We are going to see it again. For my young group, it is about getting used to guarding that system and attacking the zone. Those are two things we haven’t done before and it is a great learning opportunity.”
The WolfPack led 23-11 after the first quarter. Thompson Rivers was up 48-33 at the half. UBC Okanagan did outscore Thompson Rivers 16-15 in the final frame.
UBC Okanagan was led by Mitch Goodwin (Kelowna, BC) with 15 points. Buzz Truss (Kelowna, BC) his former teammate at Kelowna Secondary had 12 points in the losing cause.
TRU had five players in double figures led by Brett Rouault (Vernon, BC) with 20 points and five rebounds along with six assists.
Reese Pribilsky (Victoria, BC) and Josh Wolfram (Kamloops, BC) each had 15 points. Tallon Milne (Vanderhoof, BC) and Brett Parker (Langley, BC) each contributed 12 points.
Josh Mayorga (Langley, BC) had 13 rebounds including 11 on defense. Said coach Clark: “He did an excellent job for a first year player.”
“I thought we shot the ball well,” said Thompson Rivers head coach Scott Clark. “But that doesn’t mean you play well. At times defensively we executed what we are trying to get accomplished. When we did, we looked OK. We were able to get everybody some minutes. UBCO is a quality team with a quality coach and they will come out tomorrow with fire in their eyes.”
The two teams will go at it again Saturday (Jan 10) at 7 p.m. The contest will be webcast on Canada West.TV.
HEAT NOTES: The team’s leading scorer, David Manshreck, was injured and did not suit up for the 2015 conference opener. He injured himself on the first play during the UBC Okanagan exhibition series and is still not game ready.
FROM TRU: The local chapter of KidSport was the benefactor of a 50-50 draw and popcorn sales. They raised $455 dollars. KidSport supports Kamloops Youth participation in sports.
~ With notes from Larry Read (TRU Sports Information)