November 9, 2013, CALGARY, AB (ISN) – The Cougars had no answer for the Heat’s captain as Yassine Ghomari scores 27 points versus Mount Royal on Friday night on the Cougars’ Kenyon Court. However the home Cougars survived the fifth year guard’s offensive onslaught and swept the two game series with a 73-65 win in a Canada West men’s basketball conference game in Calgary.
Ghomari scored 22 of his 27 in the second half, where he was nearly unstoppable, Ghomari was 7-10 from the field and 7-8 from the charity strip in the final 20 minutes. The only other UBC Okanagan player in double-digits was Ed Dane Medi. The fifth year post from Rome managed 10 points. Freshman Ryan Linttell scored the first points of his career in the second quarter tonight; he finished with five points and led the team with his five rebounds.
Kyle Wilson and James Lefebvre were the top Cougars, hitting 16 and 13 points respectively.
Both teams struggled to find a groove early in the first quarter with plenty of miscues; UBC Okanagan turned the ball over seven times in the first, and the Cougars three. On the game the Heat finished with 17 total turnovers and Mount Royal 19.
Scoring a few baskets in the first quarter for the Cougars, James Lefebvre continued his hot streak for Mount Royal, hitting a big three a few minutes into the second quarter. Strong performances by Wilson and Lefebvre had the Heat down to the Cougars at the half with an eight-point deficit (25-33).
The Heat pushed back from a 10-point deficit eight minutes into the third to cut the lead to only six with a buzzer beating three by Landry Ndayitwayeko, and trailed 47-53.
Ghomari continued to dominate the floor late into the fourth quarter making clutch plays for the Heat at both ends of the court. He scored the final 11 points for UBC Okanagan but the defense could not get the stops on the other end as huge threes by Wilson and Deng Awak with a 1:30 left put the Cougars back in the driving seat down the stretch.
With the sweep Mount Royal now holds a record of 2-2. The Heat are now 0-4 and return home to host the No. 4 Victoria Vikes for a pair of games in Kelowna (Nov 15-16).
The Cougars will head to the west coast next weekend where they will take on the Fraser Valley Cascades in a two game series starting on Friday, November 15th.
HEAT NOTES: UBC Okanagan never had a lead in the game….Ghomari was 12-14 from the free throw line and made 7 in a row to close out the game…The Heat’s reserves were outscored 36-14.