Heat sweep Bearcats, host Douglas Friday

Ashley Briker (left) and the UBC Okanagan Heat swept a pair of games from Columbia Bible College in BCCAA women’s basketball.  - Steve Shulhan/Contributor
Ashley Briker (left) and the UBC Okanagan Heat swept a pair of games from Columbia Bible College in BCCAA women’s basketball.
— image credit: Steve Shulhan/Contributor

Neither Columbia Bible College squad could offer much resistance as both UBC Okanagan Heat basketball teams opened 2011 with a weekend sweep in BCCAA action.

In men’s play Friday in Abbotsford, the Heat rolled the Bearcats 73-34. UBCO showed little rust from the Christmas layoff as Alex Roth paced the offense with 20 points. Mack Roth added 12 points.

On Saturday night, more of the same as the Heat romped to a 92-58 win. Micah Cockrill had 21 points and six rebounds, Connor McCormack scored 12 points, while Dan Briscoe scored 10 and had eight boards as the Heat pushed its season record to 6-3.

With veteran guard Iain Con sidelined due to injury, rookie Dan Benson started both games, played a team-high 24 minutes on Friday and another 23 minutes on Saturday.

“Dan was able to take advantage of this opportunity and really become comfortable on the court running the team’s offense this weekend,” said Heat coach Darren Semeniuk. “I think he will now have the confidence going forward to know that when he is on the court it is his job to run the offence and be a pest on defence. “I think the solid play of everybody this weekend bodes well for us as we would like to continue to get better as a team.”

In women’s action, the Heat took down CBC 94-64. Ashley Briker led the way with 26 points in 26 minutes, and added four steals and four assists. Vernon native and Heat veteran Madison Kaneda returned to UBCO for her first game of the season and scored 17 points.

The Heat forced 25 turnovers, five on steals by Nicole Duke who also chipped in with 10 points.

On Saturday, graduating captain Jenna Kantz buried 26 points as UBCO romped to a 112-39 win.

“I wish there was a way for me to keep Jenna around next year as well,” head coach Heather Semeniuk said of Kantz who is fifth all-time in scoring the school’s history. “It sure would have been nice having her veteran presence and ability around next year when we compete in the Canada West Universities Athletic Conference.”

Kaneda had 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Briker scored 19 as the Heat moved to 6-3 on the season.

The Heat will be on their home court this weekend to host Douglas College on Friday and Saturday.

The women’s games are at 6 p.m. and 4 p.m., while the men go at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Following the women’s game Friday, the Heat will raise their 2010 B.C. championship banner to the rafters.

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