Dec 2013 02

UBCO Heat Sweep Games of the Month

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It was a clean sweep for the UBC Okanagan Heat basketball teams during Friday’s Games of the Month presented by Intersync Video Productions.

Backed by a career-high 27 points, second year guard Mitch Goodwin drove the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s basketball squad to their elusive first 2013 Canada West victory at UBC’s Okanagan campus on Friday night, as the home squad slid by the UNBC Timberwolves 76-69.

Holding a 51-46 lead heading into the fourth following an excellent third quarter, the Heat would never relinquish said lead through to the final whistle. The closest the Timberwolves got was  69-67 with 1:38 to play, but a timely steal by fifth-year Heat guard Yassine Ghomari (Vancouver, BC) followed by a clutch putback by Stuart Wallensteen (Nanaimo, BC) would give the Heat breathing room with a 71-67 lead and just 37 seconds left in the game.

The often cold-shooting Heat were off to a slow start in the first half, but came out guns blazing in the second half, going 56% from the floor. The Heat scored 45 of their 76 points in the second half. Outscoring UNBC by nine points in the second half as the Wolves scored 34 in the second shooting 13-33 (39.4%) from the floor and 2-11 (18.2%) from three.

Alongside Goodwin’s 27, fifth-year marksman Landry Ndayitwayeko (Windsor, ON) added 22 behind three big three-pointers. Landry remains unconscious from long range, shooting 47.9% (23-48) behind the arc.


The second-half would make all the difference for the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team, who found ways to gel on the offense and managed to pull away late in the fourth against the visiting UNBC Timberwolves for a 77-72 win, their second for the 2013-14 Canada West campaign, and first at home.

Emily Kanester (Vernon, BC) led the charge for the Heat, the three-year veteran powered her way to a team-high 18 points including a dagger three ball in final minute of play that created a gap the Wolves could not cover.

With two minutes remaining, third-year shooting guard Sarah Allison (South Surrey, BC) netted a clutch three-ball to push the score to 70-66, putting pressure on the Timberwolves to respond. And the Timberwolves did, pulling things even 72-72 until a mere 66 seconds after Allison’s three, Kanester spotted up for her clutch own clutch shot from very deep that would create the 75-72 lead the Wolves could not recover from.

The Heat’s win was a season-high for points scored as they went 43% from the field. They were able to find the high quality shots using much better ball movement than in previous games this season, dishing up 14 assists as a squad, with third-year guard Sarah Allison leading with five. Allison also put up 15 points on 5-10 shooting, including another clutch 3-ball a mere minute before Kanester’s to make it 70-66.

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