September 30, 2012, KELOWNA, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat use a 35 point third quarter to bring down the high flying Langara Falcons for a 92-84 victory last Friday night (Sep 28) in a preseason basketball game at Immaculata Regional High School.
Leading scorer for the Heat last year, Yassine Ghomari (4th year, Vancouver, BC) torched his former squad for 19 points to lead the Heat to victory. Ghomari was a BCCAA all-star with the Falcons in 2009/10.
The Heat trailed 41-34 at the half with Ghomari only tallying two points by the break. The veteran guard broke out in the third quarter and pushed the Heat into a lead halfway through the frame that they would not relinquish, Yassine notched eight points in the third and nine in the fourth to keep the Falcons at bay.
Ghomari’s backcourt mate, Landry Ndayitwayeko (4th year, Windsor, ON) put in for 16 points, with veteran forward Dave Mackay (4th year, Vancouver, BC) scoring 11 points and leading the team in rebounds with eight. Ed Dane Medi (4th year, Rome, IT) was a presence on defense and changed the course of the game with his three charges drawn, key to the Heat’s third quarter run.
“Ed is a warrior,” chimes in Pete Guarasci after being asked about his forward’s ability to draw multiple charges – 11 in a 3 game span. “He stepped up time after time with big defensive plays tonight; this was instrumental in stopping Langara’s momentum at different moments of the game.”
Coach Guarasci was won his third straight preseason game but knows the team has a lot of room for growth “I’m very happy with how we grinded and competed in the second half,” says Guarasci on his team’s ability to climb out of a shooting slump to score 58 points in the second half. “I don’t think we played how we are capable of but we have a good base to build from.”
“I think Langara will be a tough team this year in the PACWEST,” comments the Heat’s new coach on his opponent tonight.
The Falcons received an outstanding effort from third year guard Elliot Mason (Richmond, BC) who led all scorers with 20 points on 8-14 shooting. The big man for the Falcon’s, Jitinder Lohcham (6-7, Vancouver, BC), was a handful for the Heat post defenders and he finished the game with 18 points and five rebounds.
The Heat will not play again until they head to Calgary to play in a tournament at Mount Royal University, opponents and times have yet to be confirmed, but the tournament well run October 11-13.
The Heat will have two more exhibition games at home when they host York University and Montana State-Northern. York will play in the gym at UBC’s Okanagan campus on Thursday Oct 18 (7 p.m.), and Montana will happen Sunday (Oct 21) afternoon at 3 p.m.