Heat players athletes of the week

A pair of UBC Okanagan athletes have been honoured by the B.C. Colleges Athletic Association for their work with UBCO’s sports teams.

A pair of UBC Okanagan athletes have been honoured by the B.C. Colleges Athletic Association for their work with UBCO’s sports teams.

Alex Roth (men’s basketball) and Alex Basso (women’s volleyball) were named BCCAA athletes of the week for week 13 in the BCCAA schedule.

A fourth year point guard and the captain of the Heat men’s basketball team, Alex Roth is the leader of the team. On the last weekend of league play in the first semester the Heat travelled to Prince George and defeated the defending national champions on their home court in large part to Roth.

He would score the final six points for the Heat in that game, with two long three-pointers in a span of 13 seconds to clinch the Heat’s come from behind 86-85 win.

Then in the first action back in the second semester Roth set the tone early showing no ill effects from the layoff as his hot shooting led the Heat to a 73-34 victory over the hometown Columbia Bible College Bearcats. Roth couldn’t miss in the first quarter as he notched 10 points on a perfect four-for-four from the field including two three-pointers. Roth went on to lead the Heat in the game as he finished with 20 for the game. He also grabbed six rebounds and notched six steals in just 17 minutes of play.

Roth’s big first quarter and strong first game dashed all hope that the shorthanded Bearcats had of taking a game off of the Heat. Saturday the numbers weren’t as impressive for the Heat lead guard yet he was again the leader on the court for the Heat’s 92-58 victory. For the day Roth scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and added three assists in just 20 minutes of play.

Alex Basso

In her third year at UBC Okanagan, Basso and her teammates bounced back from the end of a long winning streak to start a new streak with a pair of wins last weekend.

After the Heat’s first loss to a CCAA school in 37 matches (Nov. 20 to VIU), the UBCO women’s volleyball team decided to refocus and to start a new streak.

Basso led the Heat last weekend to back-to-back 3-0 wins over Columbia Bible College and University of Fraser Valley. On Friday against the Bearcats, Basso led with 22 points (19 kills, one block and two aces) in just three sets (25-18, 25-23, 25-21), while also leading the Heat defense with 11 digs.

She continued her solid play the next night as she contributed 10 points and eight digs in a straight set (25-17, 25-14, 25-20) victory over the UFV Cascades.

Basso’s weekly award was a continuation of an amazing collegiate career so far. She has won virtually every award that a single sport athlete can win in the CCAA.

In 2008-09 Basso was awarded the Rookie of the Year, Conference first team all-star, CCAA National Championships first team all-star and won a national championship.

In 2009-10, Basso was a conference first team all-star, CCAA All-Canadian, BCCAA Volleyball Player of the Year, provincial championships MVP, CCAA National Championships MVP and won her second national championship.

Heat teams are back in action this weekend and you can catch up with the results in Wednesday’s edition of the Capital News.

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