okanagan heat

November 17, 2012, PRINCE GEORGE, BC (ISN) – The Timberwolves, in front of a large home crowd, rocketed out to a 14-2 lead in the six minutes, and were able hold that lead for the rest of the night as UBC Okanagan drop to 1-4 on the season after losing to the University of Northern British Columbia 85-70 on Friday night.

“We didn’t play with the energy and focus necessary to win on the road,” commented Heat head coach Pete Guarasci. “Tonight we played soft. We need to realize that we must outwork and outcompete our opponents to put ourselves in a position to win.”

After a hot start the home side was taken over by a rejuvenated UBC Okanagan. The Heat came and outscored the Timberwolves in the second quarter to trail by five, 39-34, leading into the half.

The Heat kept the game tight, forcing Timberwolves errors and creating unanswered scoring opportunities late into the third. Freshman Greet Gill (Guard, Osoyoos, BC) came up with back-to-back shots to keep the Heat in contention while keeping the Timberwolves under pressure.

In the fourth quarter the Timberwolves started to drain shots from the outside while upping their defense. Shooting 63% from the field and 50% from behind the arc, the Timberwolves outscored the Heat 22-15 in the last 10 minutes.

The Heat were led by third year guard Anwar Faza (Ottawa, ON), who scored 14. Rookies Mitch Goodwin (Guard, Kelowna, BC) and Greet Gill added 10 and 11 respectively. Fourth year wing Ed Dane Medi (Rome, IT) was the leading rebounder with four offensive and four defense boards.

UNBC did an outstanding defensive job on the Heat’s leading scorer, Azi Fahandeg-Sadi (Kelowna, BC), the fourth year wing was held to four points on 2-9 shooting, well below his season average of 20 points per game. For most of the game, Charles Barton a former Clarence Fulton Maroon from Vernon, was assigned the task of shutting down the Heat’s main scoring threat.

The number of turnover has been one of the main barometers for how the Heat perform in a game, tonight UBC Okanagan turned the ball over 19 times to 12 for UNBC. UNBC was able to convert those 19 turnovers into 23 points, whereas the 12 UNBC turnovers generated only 11 Heat points.

“We all know what we did today, all we need to do is keep our heads high and bring our A game tomorrow,” added Medi.

Both teams will return to the Northern Sport Centre tomorrow night for the second game of the two game series at 8 p.m.