okanagan heat

November 12, 2012, KELOWNA, BC (ISN) – 30 turnovers, coupled with a fourth quarter in which the Heat were outscored by 18 proved to be the difference, as UBC Okanagan fell to Mount Royal 78-59 on Saturday night.

“When you turn it over 30 times, you don’t have a chance to win any game,” remarked head coach Pete Guarasci following the game. “There’s just no way to stay in and game and try to compete when [we] do that.”

The Heat got out to a hot start early, jumping out to an early 21-13 lead. However, unrelenting ball pressure from Mount Royal led to the Heat unraveling on both ends of the court. MRU was able to convert the Heat turnovers into baskets, generating 30 points in the game, 12 in the fourth quarter alone off of the Heat miscues. In the fourth the Cougars scored 27 points, outscoring UBC Okanagan by 18 in the final ten minutes. With the big final frame the Cougars were able to leave Kelowna with a weekend split.

“We seemed like we were mentally prepared in the first quarter and then we had a lapse and that turned into a lapse for the rest of the game,” added Guarasci. “I’m disappointed because we’re a better team than that. We’ve got lots of work to do.”

Azi Fahandeg-Sadi (4th year, Kelowna, BC) continued to be the most reliable member of the Kelowna squad as he once again led the Heat in scoring, knocking down 18 points on 5-11 shooting while adding seven rebounds. First year guard, Greet Gill (Osoyoos, BC) scored five of the Heat’s nine fourth quarter points and tallied 10 on the night in the losing effort.

Another glaring statistic that swayed the game in favour of the Cougars was Points in the Paint. Mount Royal was able to dominate around the basket for much of the game, scoring 42 points in the paint to the Heat’s 30.

The Heat will get a chance to right the ship next weekend, traveling to beautiful Prince George, BC to face off against the Timberwolves from the University of Northern British Columbia. Tip off for Friday’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m.