Heat struggle on tough road trip and fall to host Brandon Bobcats

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by Cary Mellon

January 12, 2014, BRANDON, MB (ISN) – The UBC Okanagan men’s basketball team drops a second straight by eight points as the Brandon Bobcats used a 10-0 run at the start of the second quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish, outlasting the UBC Okanagan Heat 74-66 Saturday night in Brandon.

The game was tied entering the second quarter, but the ‘Cats quickly pulled away with a 10-point run in the first minute-and-a-half of the second quarter. Although the Heat would never again have, or share, in the lead, they would cut the lead down to three near the end of the half. The ‘Cats would eventually extend their lead to as much as a 13-points in the fourth quarter and kept the Heat at bay to hand UBC Okanagan their second straight loss.

Continuing his strong play, big man Stuart Wallensteen (2nd year, Nanaimo, BC) led the way for the Heat notching 15 points and six rebounds, while James Lum (3rd year, Vancouver, BC) contributed 11 points and three rebounds. Fifth year wing, Ed Dane Medi, pulled in 10 rebounds – the first game he hit double-digits in rebounds this season.

Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak paced the Bobcats with 21 points and eight rebounds. Fifth-year Emerick Ravier added 20 points and seven rebounds for the ‘Cats.

The game was very even statistically, with Brandon holding a slight edge on UBC Okanagan in shooting percentage (46.9% – 40.4%), rebounds (36-35), and assists (20-11). The Heat led in three point shooting (7-20 to 6-20), free throws (13-20 to 8-13) and turnovers (14-16). Both teams netted eight steals, but the Bobcats created 15 points off of turnover compared to 7 for UBC Okanagan.

Even with Wallensteen’s big game and seven points from post Mike Zayonc (5th year, North Vancouver, BC), the Heat were outscored in the paint 22-36.

The win improves the ‘Cats record to 4-8, while the Heat sit at 2-10 and are still winless away from Kelowna at 0-6.

The Bobcats will face the University of Manitoba Bisons on January 17th in Brandon and the Heat will play the Trinity Western Spartans in a back-to-back first game plays on January 17th at home in Kelowna. Tip-off at 8 p.m.

– With notes from Matt Packwood (Brandon Sports Information)

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