Saturday, February 13th, 2016
UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
FINAL 1 2 3 4 T MacEwan (9-9) 15 17 15 24 71 UBC Okanagan (8-10) 13 17 20 12 62
KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat lost 71-62 to the MacEwan University Griffins which now drops the Kelowna squad’s record to (8-10) while upping MacEwans to (9-9).
After Saturday night’s Canada West men’s basketball result, the Heat are now in fourth in the Explorers division and the Griffins hold sole possession of the third and final playoff spot.
The fourth quarter saw the most action as the Griffins were able to grasp a large enough lead to take the win from the home team. UBC Okanagan went into the fourth with a 50-47 advantage against the Griffins but were unable to remain in the lead as MacEwan was able to claim a 9-0 run with three consecutive makes from beyond the arc midway through the quarter, the hot shooting was enough to propel the visitors to the 11 poitn win (71-62).
Griffins six-foot three wing man Denzel James hit a three at 6:45 of the fourth to extend the lead to four (57-53) then Ryan May and Thadius Galvez each hit from deep in a minute and a half to push the visitors lead to eight (63-55).
MacEwan finished the game with (26-51) 51 percent shooting from the field compared to the Heat’s (22-57) 38.6 percent. The Griffins were also able to command the three point line and out shot the Heat 33.8 percent ( 7-19) compared to the Kelowna squads (7-21) 33.3 percent.
Although the Griffins were able to shoot better from the field the Heat shot better from the charity stripe (11-12) 91.7 percent than that of the Griffins (12-20) 60 percent.
The Heat finished with more rebounds (40-24), and bench points (17-10), but lost the game via the turnover. UBC Okanagan committed 22 turnovers that the Griffins turned into 27 points.
The leading scorers on the night for UBC Okanagan were Aldrich Berrios and Cam Friesen who had 16 points each. Senior, Mitch Goodwin followed with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The leading scorers for the Griffins were Thadius Galvez with 20 points and seven rebounds. Galvez was able to shoot (8-10) 80 percent from the field and (2-4) from beyond the arc. Denzel James followed with 16 points and was able to shoot (5-10) 50 percent from the field. Chris Mooney contributes 11 points and six rebounds.
After the first quarter, the Griffins led the Heat 15-13. The Griffins were able to take 7-0 scoring streak late in the first after trailing 11-8 to go up (15-11). Junior, Cam Friesen was able to make two free throws in the final seconds to narrow the Griffins lead. Galvez of the Griffins led the scoring with five points in the frame and Friesen of the Heat led with four.
The first half ended with MacEwan in the lead, 32-30. The second quarter saw lots of excitement as the Heat were able to quickly go on an 8-1 scoring streak to take a (21-16) lead. Chris Mooney of the Griffins came alive in the second and scored seven of the team 17 points. The Heat’s Cam Friesen continued to lead the Heat in scoring with a total of seven points at the half.
In the third the game continued similar to the second as both teams managed to remain close in scoring until a lay up by Buzz Truss and a layup and made free throw by Mitch Goodwin put the Heat up 50-47 going into the fourth.
The Heat were outscored 24-12 in the fourth to close out the game.
The Heat will be looking to reclaim the third and final playoff spot as they travel to Kamloops for their last weekend of regular season games against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (Feb. 19-20). MacEwan will return to Edmonton and close out their regular season with two games against the UNBC Timberwolves this Friday and Saturday.
HEAT NOTES: Close to $300 was raised tonight as part of the CIS Shoot for the Cure fundraiser and awareness campaign.
~ Tia Sadler // Heat sports information