In the second game of the weekend against the Pronghorns, the Okanagan men’s basketball team are unable to complete the seep after a loss on Saturday.
Men’s Basketball (Canada West preseason play)
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
KELOWNA, BC – On Saturday afternoon (Oct. 3) at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium the Heat men’s basketball team drop an 89-55 decision against the Lethbridge Pronghorns to split the weekend preseason series.
Scoring only 55 points the Heat would finish the game with just two players in double figures, sophomore guard Aldrich Berrios led his team with 15 points and two assists, while his backcourt mate Mitch Goodwin trailed behind Berrios with 11 points.
After a solid shooting performance on Friday the Heat’s shooting took a dive compared to their yesterday’s game, as a team they went from 49% (28-57) from the field to 33 % (20-60), however the team shot decently from long range nailing 38 % (8-21) from the three point line, still a drop from the sublime 56% (14-25) the day earlier.
The Pronghorns, on the other hand, incresed their profiency from long range as they upped their three point shooting percentage from 29% (5-17) percent yesterday, to 44% (8-18). From the field U of L converted over half of their field goals finishing on 54% (32-59) of shots.
Saturday, much the same as on Friday the Pronghorns used a balanced attack to put points on the board with five players who reached double digits. Coming off the bench, Golden native, William Hickey scored a team high of 18 points to lead the ‘Horns. Brandon Brine had 16 points, Dejon Burdeaux, from Oakland, CA, scored 13, Rob Olsen with 12, and Zac Overwater with 11.
The Pronghorns upped their season record 2-1 following their 34-point victory over the Heat leaving the young Kelowna squad with a 1-1 record in preseason, after their first two games of the year.
The Heat’s Aldrich Berrios was hot right out of the gate, he opened up the scoring with the first eight points for UBC Okanagan with a jumper and two made threes. His team was out to a quick 8-2 lead before Lethbridge rallied and finished the quarter with a 16 point run. The quarter ended 18-12 in favour of U of L, a lead they would not relinquish. At the half UBC Okanagan trailed by 16 (44-28), both teams were nearly square in the third before Lethbridge ran away on a 20-5 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to erase any chance of a UBC Okanagan miracle.
The Pronghorns ability to score off of turnovers was vital in their win as they scored 16 points off of the Heat’s 20 turnovers. The Heat forced 17 turnovers from the Pronghorns could only convert that into 12 points.
Randall Mosca, a red shirt guard from last season, continued to play well, after scoring 19 off the bench on 6-15 shooting on Friday he shot better but finished with just nine points on Saturday, converting 4/6 from the floor. He was one of ten Heat players to make the score sheet.
The young squad from Kelowna will continue their preseason at home next Friday in a special Community game. The Heat men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the NAIT Ooks on Friday (Oct 9) at at Immaculata High School. The men will tip-off at 8 p.m. following the UBC Okanagan women’s game against that starts at 6 p.m.
~ Tia Sadler // Heat Communications