KELOWNA, BC – The 2015-16 preseason for the Heat men’s basketball team kicked off with a 92-86 win against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns at UBC Okanagan gymnasium on October the 2nd.
Fourth year player Mitch Goodwin scoring 11 of his 31 points in the first quarter provided the Heat with a start that would assist in keeping them in the lead the for the majority of the game.
With Goodwin’s shooting the Heat led 23-15 after the first quarter. UBC Okanagan was up 52-36 at the half. The fourth year guard had 22 points at the break, and was perfect (7-7) from the field, he was also (5-5) from three and (3-3) from the stripe.
Randall Mosca, in his first game with UBC Okanagan, also provided the Heat with 19 points and four rebounds.
Coming off the bench Cam Friesen, Austin Penrose, and Paulius Makulavicius contributed baskets that would be vital in the team’s win. Friesen capturing eight points and two rebounds. Penrose scoring eight points and four rebounds, and Paulius Makulavicius scoring 10 points.
Lethbridge had six players in double figures led by Christopher Maughan with 24 points and six rebounds. Brandon Brine and Dejon Burdeaux with 16 points each and 12 rebounds, six each, between both players. The Pronghorns were followed with Zac Overwater, Jared Baker, and Rob Olsen contributing 10 points each.
UBC Okanagan converted 14 of their 25 three point shots giving them a 56% from the line compared to Lethbridge’s 29% (5-17) three point attempts. A key contributing factor in the Heat’s success was their 49% field goal attempts.
The Heat, enthusiastic about their first game of preseason started the game with a high intensity and a fast pace, they young Kelowna squad was able to carry that level of effort for the duration of the game. The Pronghorns started the game off strong with a solid full court defense giving them multiple chances at reclaiming possessions and additional scoring opportunities on the Heat.
The Pronghorns record now fall to (1-1) in their exhibition. This was UBC Okanagan’s first game of the season so their record moves to 1-0, The win is a good start for UBC Okanagan, this is the first time since September of 2012 that the Heat were victorious in their first game.
The two teams will go at it again tomorrow at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium (October 3rd) at 1 p.m.
~ Tia Sadler // Heat Communications