The MacEwan Griffins procted their homecourt Friday night as Heat men's basketball fell by twelve despite a heroic effort by rookie Aldrich Berrios, who buried a game-high 19 points.
Men's Basketball (Canada West conference play)
|UBC Okanagan (3-14)||20||19||15||16||70|
EDMONTON, A.B. – On the road, the UBC Okanagan Heat could not hold off the MacEwan Griffins, who overcame them late for an 82-70 victory in Edmonton Friday night at City Center Gymnasium.
The Heat hit their first four three-point attempts of the game as they opened up a 20-17 lead by the end of the first quarter. Denzel James answered back for the Griffins with six first quarter points.
The three-point shooting prowess continued for the Heat in the second quarter but they struggled with their two-point shooting (1-6) and free throws. Lee Danderfer scored seven in the quarter including five straight as the Griffins took a 46-39 halftime lead.
Coming out of the half strong the Heat cut the deficit to one. Unfazed, the Griffins went on a 13-3 run to end the third quarter and take a 64-54 lead into the final quarter.
Keith Gerdes scored the final six points for the Griffins as they held on for the 82-70 victory. Heat rookie Aldrich Berrios had another solid night, scoring 11 fourth quarter points for the Heat as they tried to inch closer.
Gerdes finished the game with 17 points and five rebounds to earn the player of the game award for the Griffins. Back from injury, Noma Obaseki provided a spark off the bench with five points and eight rebounds in just 16 minutes to earn the honours for the Heat.
Berrios wrapped up with a game-high 19 points with six rebounds in the loss. The rookie of the year candidate continues to add to his pursuit of the Canada West award tonight he hit on 4/6 from beyond the arc his 43 made threes is sixth most in the conference. This was the sixth time on the year that Berrios led the team in scoring which is one more time then his backcourt mate Mitch Goodwin.
Goodwin and Buzz Truss joined him in double-digit scoring with 15 and 11, respectively. Goodwin also dished out five assists.
Gerdes completed a 17 point night to go with five rebounds. James and Danderfer had 16 and 14 points, respectively. Danderfer also set the table for a game-high seven assists.
The teams will meet once again Saturday evening with the rematch scheduled for 8:00 p.m. MST at City Center Gymnasium.
~ With notes from Lindsey Bax (MacEwan Sports Information)