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Heat basketball teams set to host Graduating Seniors Celebration

Brianna Falk, Dallas Hancox and Keaton Souster will be honoured for their time with the Heat during Saturday's basketball games against UBC (Photo Credits: Conan Shing Photography)
Brianna Falk, Dallas Hancox and Keaton Souster will be honoured for their time with the Heat during Saturday's basketball games against UBC (Photo Credits: Conan Shing Photography)

KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat women's and men's basketball teams will celebrate their graduating seniors this weekend when they host the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday, February 19 at The Furnace.

Tipoff at the UBCO Gymnasium is set for 1 p.m. for the women's game and 3 p.m. for the men's game. Prior to the start of each game, the Heat will honour the contributions of their graduating seniors for their time with their respective programs.

The women's team will recognize their lone graduating senior, Brianna Falk of Vernon, B.C., who has been a member of the blue and gold since 2017-18. The 5-9 forward will graduate from the nursing program this year and has been the team's inspirational leader, having overcome numerous injuries throughout her career. Despite those injuries, she still ranks fourth all-time in team history for career field goal percentage and in the Top 10 for multiple rebounding career records.

Meanwhile, the UBCO men will celebrate Dallas Hancox of Sylvan Lake, Alta., and Keaton Souster of Edmonton.

Hancox, who transferred to the Heat for his final season of eligibility after starting his career with the Camosun Chargers in the CCAA, has made an impact on both ends of the floor. The agile big man can pound down in the paint and finish with a light touch as he is averaging 6.3 points and 5.0 rebounds be contest. Additionally, the arts major has been a centerpiece to UBCO's defence, setting a team record for most blocks in a season with 17.

Souster, who began his career with the Heat in 2019-20, will be remembered for the effort he brings to each game after he graduates this year with a Bachelor of Science degree. After starting his post-secondary career with the Concordia Thunder in the CCAA, the tenacious guard has appeared in 29 games for the Heat over two seasons, pouring in 120 points while shooting 41.7 percent from the field while adding 80 rebounds, 22 steals and 21 assists.

Following their respective presentations, the Heat will tangle with their sister school rival, the Thunderbirds, as both teams ramp up preparations for the Canada West playoffs.

The Heat women, who earlier this season picked up their first-ever win against UBC, will be pressing for a victory as they are currently on a four-game losing skid. The team will once again lean on forward Jaeli Ibbetson of Kelowna, to lead the charge. Ibbetson is in the midst of an impressive stretch of games as she is averaging 14.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals over her last four contests.

In the men's game, the Heat are in the midst of playing some of their best basketball of the season, having won two of their last four contests. Taking on one of the top teams in the country in the Thunderbrids, the Heat will lean on Kevin Hamlet of Scarborough, Ont., to continue his strong play of late. Over his last five games, Hamlet is averaging 19.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest, establishing himself as a consistent scoring threat for UBCO.

Tickets for both games can be purchased at the door upon arrival to the UBCO Gymnasium and with the recent change in public health orders, capacity for the game will be 100 percent. However, a valid proof of vaccination QR code from the BC or Federal government is still required to enter the facility and masks must also be also be worn when not actively eating or drinking.