Slow start doom Heat in 95-70 loss to Mountaineers

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September 30, 2013, Kelowna, BC – Eight first-half turnovers, coupled with cold shooting, stalled the Heat offense in the beginning portions of the game and they could not recover, as the Seattle Mountaineers cruised to the 95-70 victory Sunday at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.

“I thought we had some good moments in the game, especially from our younger players,” said Heat head coach Pete Guarasci following the game. “But I think we still have a lot to work on.”

Heat rookies David Manshreck (North Vancouver, BC) and Ryan Linttell (Kelowna, BC) lead the way for their new team, with Manshreck netting 11 points and 4 boards, while Linttell added 10 points and 3 rebounds of his own. In his first game with the Heat, James Lum (3rd year, Vancouver, BC) was very creative from the point-guard position, dishing out 4 assists in limited minutes.

While the first half ultimately doomed the Heat, the second half was a completely different story for UBC Okanagan. 54.5% shooting, coupled with only 8 turnovers and 45% shooting from Seattle, resulted in a second-half point differential of just 1 (in favour of Seattle).

“The second half was better,” finished Guarasci. “But our awareness and our instincts need to improve if we are going to compete in the CIS.”

Fortunately for the Heat, five games remain in the exhibition schedule before the beginning of the 2013-2014 Canada West basketball season. Whether or not that is enough time to prepare, only time will tell.

Guarasci’s team will continue their preseason with a quick trip to the Lower Mainland this Friday and Saturday (Oct 4-5). On Friday in Langley the Okanagan team will tussle with the Trinity Western Spartans with a 7 p.m. tipoff at the Langley Events Centre. Saturday at the Envision Athletic Centre in Abbotsford the Heat and the Fraser Valley Cascades will matchup at 3 p.m.

Heat Notes – Yassine Ghomari and Mitch Goodwin did not play in this contest. Ghomari sat due to injury, while Goodwin sat due to personal reasons.

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