Continuing their preseason the UBC Okanagan basketball teams reach out to the community and played a game at a local high school, for the first time since 2012 Immaculata Regional hosted the Canada West men’s basketball team on Friday night.
The Heat thrilled the capacity crowd with a 72-61 victory over the visiting NAIT Ooks.
NAIT, a perennial contender in the ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference), played the part of the opponent and battled the young CIS team tough through all four quarters.
Second year guard Aldrich Berrrios, relived his high school days – where he averaged 30 points a game for Notre Dame Regional in Burnaby – starred on the high school hardwood Friday.
Berrios scored 26 points, hitting 7-11 from long distance to power the Heat. His partners in crime in the backcourt, Randall Mosca and Mitch Goodwin weren’t as deadly from long range but they hit two (2-6) and three (3-9) from downtown respectively to score 14 and 13 points to aid in the cause.
UBC Okanagan trailed out of the gate and through most of the first before Berrios closed the quarter with two straight threes to give UBCO a 19-17 edge. The Heat never trailed again as the Kelowna squad was able to continually add to their lead throughout the rest of the contest.
Four Ooks reached double digits on Friday, Connor Dolson led NAIT in scoring with 14 points, he also hauled in eight boards to lead both teams. Donny Moss hit three threes and finished with 13, Chris Mooney also finished with 13 points. Julien McFadden finished with 10.
Barely edging NAIT on the glass UBC Okanagan grabbed 45 rebounds to the Ooks 43. Austin Penrose and Mosca both grabbed seven to lead the Heat.
The crowd was in to the game throughout and was especially frenzied with the large group of Steve Nash League players in attendance, the young basketball players enjoyed a UBC Okanagan win. The Heat led by as much as 18 midway through the third and cruised to their second win of the preseason.
The Ooks lost both games in the Okanagan after falling to TRU (78-60) on Thursday in Kamloops, the Heat will next play on Friday, Oct.16 against the Trinity Western Spartans in Kamloops in a tournament hosted by Thompson Rivers.
Playing in Kelowna, but not on their home court, the Heat women’s basketball team struggled to score in the second half and allowed the visiting NAIT Ooks to pull out a 3-point victory, 65-62, Friday at Immaculata Regional High in a special community engagement game.
With a crowd full of young Steve Nash League basketball players and current and former Immaculata Mustangs in the stands to cheer on two Mustang alums in UBC Okanagan’s Olivia and Emma Johnson made for an electric atmosphere in the small high school gym.
Emma, a first year player for the Heat, came off the bench and led the Heat in scoring. The familiar rims were friendly to Johnson as she finished with 14 points to lead all scorers in the game.
The 5-foot 8 guard also grabbed six boards, four of those on the offensive glass. Summerland product Chloe Kennedy, a transfer from Douglas College, also came off the bench, she led UBC Okanagan with eight rebounds, and also finished with 10 points in just 18 minutes of floor time. Fourth year forward Kayla McFadden was (4-7) from the field to finish with 11.
Olivia a third year guard, the other Immaculata Alum, was nearly the hero on Friday night with a steal and a three point attempt at the buzzer to tie the game.
The shot didn’t find its mark but she played 24 minutes to lead all UBCO players; never known for scoring the former provincial champion MVP was once again tasked with shutting down the other teams top offensive guard.
Both team struggled shooting the ball on the night as the field goal percentage for both UBC Okanagn (21-61, 34.4%) and NAIT (23-58, 39.7%) were below 40-percent. The difference in the game was NAIT’s willingness and ability to knock down the three point shot. The Ooks hit on 37.5-percent from long distance (9-24) accounting for 27-percent of their scoring.
UBC Okanagan only took 10 threes, hit three of them, the nine points accounted for just 15-percent of their points.