KELOWNA, B.C. – The Brandon University Bobcats defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat 81-68 in Kelowna Saturday evening. Despite an initial lead by the Heat, the Bobcats maintained pressure against the home team and prevailed in the end.
The Heat attempted to regain their footing in the second quarter after losing an early lead but were unable to generate any scoring against Brandon in the first half. The second quarter ended 34-25 Brandon University, with Emerick Ravier (4th year, Paris, France) powering the visiting team to a lead with eight first half points.
First year forward Ali Mounir (Montreal, QC) aided the Bobcat’s efforts in scoring 21 points, leading the way for Brandon in the game, while Ravier finished with 20 on the night. Guard Ilarion Bonhomme (Washington, DC) led the team with nine rebounds.
For the Heat third year guard Yassine Ghomari (Vancouver, BC) was once again the team’s top point getter with 26 points on the night; he went 10-10 from the charity stripe. Fellow third year guard Iain Con (South Surrey, BC) was big on the glass, leading the team with six rebounds.
Head coach Darren Semeniuk shared his thoughts on Saturday’s results. “Brandon’s been around for a while; they’re a dangerous team with a lot of good athletes. When they get to breaking us down offensively the way they did, they become very hard to play. They’re a team people don’t want to play, especially in their home gym. As for us, we need to be consistent offensively, and getting shots from places we’re not used to is keeping us on our toes.”
The Heat fall to 1-5 while the Bobcats improve to 3-5. As this was the last game before the winter break, both teams will resume play again in January. The Heat will go on to play the University of Manitoba on January 6th at 8pm at UBC Okanagan. The Bobcats will go on to play the University of Regina in Brandon on January 6th at 8pm.
HEAT NOTES: The under sized Heat were only outrebounded as a team by two to Brandon 38-36…The Heat struggled from the field, shooting 38% from the floor. The Heat have shot under 40% from the field in 4 of their 6 games so far this season. Their season best was 46.8% Nov. 25 in their win over Regina, their worst was 31.7% Nov. 18 in a 74-52 loss to UFV…Ghomari is now averaging 19 points per game on the season…