KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat shot a season high 54.3 percent from the field en route to their third win on the season when they dropped the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 93-71 Sunday night at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
The Heat were especially philanthropic on seniors night, as every three made resulted in a donation of $50 to KidSport BC. The first half was especially good to KidSport with the Heat hitting 7 of 16 threes, earning $350 and cruising to a 59-34 lead over TRU at the half. The Heat used a 14-6 run at the start of the second quarter to extend their lead to 20 and never looked back, extending the lead to 25 by the half .
The Heat kept building the lead in the third quarter and pushed the lead to 35 halfway through the final frame.
For the night the Heat scored a season best 93 points on a season best 54.3 percent field goal percentage, matching a season high 9 threes on the night raising $450 for KidSport BC.
Post Simon Pelland (5th year, North Vancouver, BC) shared his thoughts on his last career game. “I couldn’t be happier. At the end of the first half I started to get a pretty big smile on my face at the way everyone was playing. Definitely every single player on this team contributed to that win.”
“I think it was one of the best team games we’ve played,” chimed in fellow post Steve Morrison (4th year, North Vancouver, BC), who was also playing in his final career game. “Everyone was playing together, nobody selfish, it was something you enjoy being a part of. It was a great way to go out.”
Simon Pelland, playing in his final game for the Heat, was second on the team in scoring with 16 points and led the team in rebounding with eight. Junior Guard Yassine Ghomari (Vancouver, BC) led UBC Okanagan in scoring with 25, while freshman Bret Macdonald (Guard, Port Coquitlam, BC) and sophomore Mack Roth (Wing, Port Coquitlam, BC) each chipped in 14.
In his final game for the WolfPack, Chas Kok led his team in scoring and rebounding with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Justin King added 19 points. Kevin Pribilsky and Zach Usherwood both contributed nine.
Both teams have finished their seasons, the WolfPack setting a new franchise high in wins with their 6-12 campaign. The first Canada West year for UBC Okanagan had them play to a 3-15 record.
“We didn’t break down [this season] when times were tough and when our backs were against the wall,” added Pelland. “I’m proud and very happy.”
HEAT NOTES: Bret Macdonald scored 14 points on the night, with 14 coming on the first half…Bret as a freshman averaged 30.5 minutes per game…Yassine Ghomari finished the season with 17.2 points per game in his first CIS campaign.