The UBC Okanagan men’s basketball squad is on the home hardwood this weekend for a pair of exhibition games against the University of Calgary Dinos.
The 2011-12 Canada West opponents will meet at the Kelowna campus gym at 8 p.m. Friday, and again Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Heat is coming off another close defeat as they rimmed out in the final seconds to fall 79-76 to the NAIT Ooks last Sunday at the UBCO gym.
Another superb second half of basketball from Yassine Ghomari for the Heat as the third-year guard tallied 19 of his game high 27 points in the last two frames of the game. Swing man Mack Roth had the three-point stroke going as he hit four threes in scoring 16 points on the day.
The second half saw Ghomari and NAIT forward Clayton Crellin put on an offensive display. Crellin and Ghomari, high school teammates at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Secondary in 2007, scored 21 and 19 second half points respectively.
In the fourth quarter the Heat managed to hold a lead as Ghomari and Crellin exchanged baskets. When Morrison fouled out with only a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Heat where unable to control the Ooks on the defensive end. NAIT surged ahead and held off the Heat in spite of the last minute spectacular shooting of Ghomari. Yassine was unable to bring the lead back to Heat, falling 79-76.
“It was an exciting game and we had another solid game from Yassine,” said head coach Darren Semeniuk. “We also had a couple of different players step up today, but overall the team is still inconsistent and we are not able to sustain the level of play we need to be at for the full 40 minutes, far too many turnovers and just too many mistakes. These guys will get a wake up against U of C.”
The UBC Heat women’s basketball team returned from a preseason trip to Calgary with an 0-3 record at the Ranger Elite Cougar Classic tournament hosted by Mount Royal University.
The Heat faced off against the host Cougars on Friday night and suffered a 66-60 loss. Guard Madison Kaneda scored 12 points in the game and Krystal Schouten finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
Saturday night was a preview of the Heat’s Canada West regular season opening matchup, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns who proved to be a bit too much for the Heat and prevailed 72-59. For the Heat the only player to score in double digits was post Roz Huber with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Sunday morning the Heat played Montana State University and fought back from a large halftime deficit only to fall 68-60.
Saturday the Heat stumbled out of the gates trailing Lethbridge by nine at the quarter (23-14), only to tighten up their defense and go into the half trailing by four (36-32). The second half played out exactly like the first with the Heat losing the third quarter 22-10 to trail by 16 (58-42)and then fight back, but still fell 72-59. For the Heat the only player to score in double digits was post Roz Huber with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Freshman guard Emily Kanester scored 18 of her game high 22 points in the second half, shooting 8/12 from the field and 3/5 from three in the game.
“We played well and competed hard,” said Heat coach Heather Semeniuk. “We are just lacking in consistency and focus. Every quarter we would give up 20 points and score under 20, then at the end of the game and we had lost by eight or 10. I think a good week of practice will help the girls clear their minds and refocus, if nothing else it will improve our cardio.”
The Heat’s next exhibition game is Oct. 28 in Vancouver against UBC.
They’ll open their inaugural season in the CIS Nov. 11 in Lethbridge against the Proghorns, followed by a visit to the U of Calgary on Nov. 12.