Ryan Morck and the Heat men's basketball team split a pair of Canada West games in Edmonton on the weekend to sit a 4-4 heading into the semester break.

Promising starts to season for Heat basketball

UBCO women go 5-3 in first eight Canada West games, while men are 4-4

The UBC Okanagan Heat won its fourth straight Canada West game, then settled for a weekend split with the Grant MacEwan Griffins in men’s basketball action in Edmonton.

Pete Guarasci’s team heads into the semester break with a 4-4 record.

On Friday night, UBCO made it four in a row with an 87-82 win at the City Centre campus.

Aldrich Berrios finished with a team high 21 points for the Heat, while adding five rebounds.

Cameron Servatius followed with 12 points and went (5-9, 56 percent) from the field, while Mitch Goodwin had 10 points as the Heat had 10 of its 12 player make the score sheet.

On Saturday, MacEwan rebounded with a 66-46 victory.

Berrios once again led the team in scoring with 10 points. Ryan Morck followed with a season high nine and equaled his career best game on the glass as the 6-foot eight Airdrie, Alta. native swallowed up nine boards.

The Heat will return to conference play following the Christmas break, Jan. 8 and 9 at home to the TRU Wolfpack.

Heat women…

Off the best start to a season in their brief CIS history, the Heat women ran into a road block in Edmonton as they were swept by the MacEwan Griffins.

On Friday, the home side prevailed over UBCO 74-50.

“We got outplayed, gave up way too many offensive boards  and they executed on a lot of the second chance points,” said Heat coach Claire Meadows.

Vanessa Botteselle led the Heat with 15 points, while senior Emily Kanester finished with 13 points and four steals.

On Saturday, the Heat (5-3) managed just 22 per cent from the field in a 62-44 loss.

Third-year point guard Claire Elliott led the team in scoring with 12 points, while adding seven rebounds and four steals.

The defensive-minded guard is tops in Canada West with 24 thefts on the season. Kanester followed with 11 points and Shenelle Tamminen had seven.

Still, it was a strong start to the season for UBCO which enters the break in third spot in the Explorer Division.

The Heat will return to action Jan. 8 and 9 in Kelowna against Thompson Rivers.



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