Cockrill, Tucker athletes of week

To say Micah Cockrill is making an impact in his rookie season in BCCAA men’s basketball would be an understatement.

UBC Okanagan rookie Micah Cockrill is the athlete of the week in BCCAA men’s basketball.

To say Micah Cockrill is making an impact in his rookie season in BCCAA men’s basketball would be an understatement.

For the second time this season, the 6-foot-5 wing for the UBC Okanagan Heat has been named the conference’s athlete of the week.

Cockrill, a product of Chilliwack, was a key contributor in both Heat victories last weekend over the Douglas Royals.

He was particularly dominant on Saturday night at UBCO as the Heat were missing four players due to injury.

Cockrill put on a shooting clinic, scoring 28 points—including eight three-pointers—to pace UBCO to a 84-77 win in overtime.

It was Cockrill’s bucket from beyond the arc to start overtime which put the Heat ahead to stay.

The previous night, Cockrill wasn’t quite as sharp from the floor but still scored 17 points as the Heat beat the Royals 80-71.

He also had six rebounds and added four steals.

Cockrill and the Heat (8-3) will host the Langara Falcons Friday and Saturday at UBCO.

Tucker leads Heat

Preston Tucker’s leadership and overall performance in a pair of road victories has earned the UBC Okanagan veteran athlete of the week honours in BCCAA men’s volleyball.

On Friday in North Vancouver, the fourth-year setter from Vernon ran an efficient offensive attack as the No. 1 ranked Heat posted a 33 per cent kill efficiency in a 3-0 win over Capilano.

Tucker finished the night with seven digs, one kill and one ace.

On Saturday against Douglas, Tucker was on his game as the Heat scored 20 points with him at the service line.

Tucker recorded five of his team’s 12 aces as the Heat outlasted the Royals in four sets.

UBCO head coach Greg Poitras is pleased with the leadership, improvement, and overall physical play that Tucker has shown during his four-year collegiate career.

Tucker and the first-place Heat (11-1) have a bye this weekend before closing out the regular season Feb. 4 and 5 at home to Camosun and VIU.

The Heat will host the BCCAA championship Feb. 24 to 26.

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