November 25, 2012, Kelowna, BC (ISN) – An emphatic slam dunk by Azi Fahandeg-Sadi (4th year, Kelowna, BC) at 5:36 in the 4th quarter sparked the Heat offense, but it was not enough, as UBC Okanagan came up just short against the visiting Regina Cougars 74-68.
A cold-shooting first half (27.8%) put the Heat in a deep hole early, but the Heat managed to claw their way back into the game with under one minute to play in the fourth quarter. A foul by Sterling Nostedt (5th year, Brandon, MB) of Regina put Anwar Faza (3rd year, Ottawa, ON) at the line with 0:46 remaining, and converting both free-throws put the Heat within six. Faza then put the Heat within five points after a layup at 0:28. Having to foul, the Heat put Frank Brown (2nd year, Warner Robins, GA) at the line, who converted both of his free throws to keep the Heat at bay the rest of the game en route to the Regina victory.
“The guys battled as hard as they could to get back in the game,” remarked head coach Pete Guarasci following the game, “but the mental focus just wasn’t there from the start.”
Fahandeg-Sadi finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while first-year guard Mitch Goodwin (Kelowna, BC) led the team with 23 points. Greet Gill (1st year, Osoyoos, BC) grabbed 9 boards in the losing effort.
When asked about the Heat’s troubles on the night, Guarasci attributed it to a lack of focus.
“We needed to be mental sharp and efficient and we weren’t,” finished the head coach.
For Regina, four players managed double figures. Frank Brown (2nd year, Warner Robins, GA) finished the game with 23 points, Paul Gareau (5th year, Regina, SK) and Connor Burns (4th year, Regina, SK) finished with 14 a piece, and Brendan Hebert (3rd year, Regina, SK) rounded out the scoring effort with 10 points of his own in the win for Regina.
The win moves the Cougars to 2-6, while the loss puts the Heat at 1-7.
The Heat will wrap up the 2012 portion of the season next weekend, traveling to the prairie province of Manitoba to face the University of Manitoba on Dec 1st and the University of Winnipeg on Dec 2nd.
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