In the first weekend of play for the UBC Okanagan men’s basketball team, the Heat welcomed the visiting Seattle Mountaineers of the American Basketball Association for the first exhibition games of the season last weekend.
Saturday saw the two teams play a tightly contested game at Immaculata Secondary, with the Heat turning it on in the fourth quarter to edge out the Mountaineers 87-84. Fourth-year wing Azi Fahandeg-Sadi (Kelowna, BC) led all Heat scorers with 27 points on 8-for-17 shooting many of which came in a 22-13 fourth quarter that lifted the Heat to victory. Landry Ndayitwayeko (4th year, Ottawa, ON) added 11 points and 7 rebounds to the cause.
After such a close game on Saturday, the Heat were determined to get off to a better start Sunday. UBC Okanagan got out to a hot start and did not look back in a 97-82 throttling of the Mountaineers. After an off day Saturday, guard Yassine Ghomari (4th year, Vancouver, BC) led the Heat behind 23 points on 9-12 shooting; 4-5 from beyond the arc. Freshman Greet Gill (Guard, Osoyoos, BC) matched Ghomari with 23 points of his own on 8-12 shooting. Gill was also 3-4 on 3-point shooting. The Heat’s field goal percentage for the day was a red-hot 52.2%. Head coach Pete Guarasci was extremely pleased with his team’s weekend performance.
“I was really happy with the way our guys competed, supported each other, and how we played together,” said UBCO mens coach Pete Guarasci. “What I was most impressed with was that we were better today than we were yesterday (Saturday). We made improvements on the things we wanted to improve on, and that gives me lots of confidence moving forward.”
The men’s basketball squad will continue exhibition Saturday, September 28th, welcoming Langara College to Kelowna for one game at Immaculata Secondary. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.