Trailing by as much as 17 points the Heat men’s basketball team finished strong on Friday evening to cut the lead to as little as 6 but eventually fall in an opening-night loss to the UFV Cascades (79-67).
Friday, November 6th, 2015
Envision Athletic Centre, Abbotsford, BC
FINAL 1 2 3 4 T UBC Okanagan (0-1) 15 15 19 18 67 UFV (1-0) 23 16 25 15 79
ABBOTSFORD, BC – The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team finished strong on Friday evening to claim an opening-night win over the UBC Okanagan Heat.
Playing at UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre, the Cascades led 39-30 at halftime and stretched the margin to 17 points late in the third quarter. The Heat found some traction, though, and cut the deficit to 73-67 with just under two minutes left in regulation. Chilliwack native Cam Servatius sparked the comeback with seven quick points.
But a clutch jump shot by Kevon Parchment on the Cascades’ next possession, and subsequent free throws by Vijay Dhillon and Mark Johnson, with the Heat in desperation mode, sent reigning Explorer Division champ UFV to a 79-67 victory in the Canada West regular season opener for both teams.
The Cascades (1-0) and Heat (0-1) lock horns again on Saturday (7 p.m., Envision Athletic Centre).
UBC Okanagan coach Pete Guarasci found a lot to be proud of in his team on the night. The fourth year coach thought his young team remained composed and showed an impressive amount of maturity in the comeback that fell just short.
A missed opportunity for the Heat as they shot poorly from the charity stripe on the night (13-24), making just 54-percent on free throws. The home team took advantage of their free throws shooting over 90-percent (20-22) on Friday.
Aldrich Berrios (14 points) and Mitch Goodwin (11 points) both scored in double figures for the visitors. Dean Jonhston and Cam Servatius both finished with seven boards to lead UBCO.
Spencer Thomas, playing in his first game for the Heat logged a game high 31 minutes and scored eight points and five rebounds. Two college transfers, Randall Mosca and Paulius Makulavicius also played in their first game action for UBC Okanagan. Mosca goth the start and scored seven, Makulavicius was the only UBC Okanagan player to hit all of their free throws (2-2).
Cascades power forward Nate Brown left the game midway through the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury, after making a layup and landing on a Heat player’s foot on his way back down. He’d been having a huge night, with 15 points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes.
Parchment finished with a game-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds, while Mark Johnson notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Dhillon (11 points, five assists) and Navjot Bains (eight points, six boards) also chipped in for UFV.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well – the Cascades made 42.9 per cent of their shots from the field, while UBCO hit just 38.1 per cent.
~ with notes from Dan Kinvig // Fraser Valley communications