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RECAP: Frontcourt stars as Heat top T-Wolves at home

RECAP: Frontcourt stars as Heat top T-Wolves at home

KELOWNA, B.C. - For the hosting UBCO Heat, it was the frontcourt pair of Owen Keyes and Imoudu Ibrahim stealing the show in tonight's (90-81) win over the UNBC Timberwolves at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.

Keyes set a new career-best with his 24 points while hauling down eight boards. He was impressed with his team's ball movement in tonight's match.

"It was a good game for me, we had good ball movement and I got a lot of good touches. The team was gelling, it was great teamwork." 

Ibrahim also played arguably his best game in a Heat uniform setting a new career-high with his 15 points, adding 11 boards securing his first career Canada West double-double in the process.

For the visiting side, Tyrell Laing would lead the way offensively with his game-high 30 points, shooting 10-of-20 from the field and a perfect seven-of-seven from the line. 

The win for the Heat brings them two key points for the playoff push as they improve to (2-13) on their season, the loss drops UNBC to (4-9)

Owen Keyes started at center for the Heat and put up six points in the first quarter as the home side grabbed a (21-17) lead after one. 

UBCO's Ibrahim would take the game over in the second frame. His 10 points in the half matched his career-high and his seven boards were tops in the game to that point. A pair of threes off the bench from Patrick Dujmovic would help the Heat stretch their lead to six, (42-36) heading into the break.

Tyrell Laing held the team-highs in both points with 11 and rebounds with 3 at the half for the Timberwolves. He would add 12 more in the third frame as the Heat's lead grew to eight heading into the fourth.

Although the T-Wolves would cut the lead to as little as three in the final frame, the hosts were able to hold them off and take the win.

Behind Laing's 30 points, Vova Pluzhnikov would add 16 and Chris Ross had 13 for the visiting side.

Also in double digits in scoring for UBCO was Philip Okanlawon with 18, he hit four treys in the match, and Hafith Moallin with his 10 points and game-high eight assists.

Making his second start of the season, Simar Bajwa set a new career-best with his six assists. Coincidentally, the Heat's only wins this season have come when Bajwa has started.

Heat head coach Clay Pottinger spoke of the strong performance of his big men post-game.

"[Keyes and Ibrahim] had good nights and shot the ball well. We made an effort to make sure we got them the ball in a position where they could score… We call it smash mouth basketball."

The two teams rematch tomorrow night at 6 p.m. PST.

All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.

~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information

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