The University of British Columbia

Men's basketball unable to contain Thunderbirds in home opening loss.

(Photo Credit: Julie Pringle/Snap Photography)
(Photo Credit: Julie Pringle/Snap Photography)

KELOWNA B.C. - The UBC Okanagan Heat men's basketball team suffered a tough loss to their sister school, the UBC Thunderbirds, on Friday falling 99-65 in a game that slowly crept away down the stretch. 

The Heat played their first home game in over two years against a top rival in UBC, a team they have traditionally struggled against.

The game was close through the first quarter, with the Heat trailing by only six points. However, the second quarter slowly turned towards the Thunderbirds as they build a 19 point lead before the end of the half. 

The Heat had a surge in the third quarter led by Gavin Ashworth of Beaverlodge, Alta., who connected on back-to-back three-pointers to slim the lead down and give the Heat momentum. Ashworth ended the night with 12 points on a reliable 4-for-6 shooting getting his points from behind the arc. 

The Thunderbirds were ignited by a career-high performance from Sukhman Sandhu of Surrey, B.C., who poured in 30 points with seven rebounds, while shooting 11-for-18 from the field and 6-for-8 behind the arc. Sandhu added in two four-point plays, which made it difficult for the Heat to surmount. 

The two squads will rematch tomorrow night at 5 p.m. at The Furnace as the Heat will look to bounce back against third-ranked Thunderbirds. 

Tickets for the home game can be purchased at The Furnace with sales starting 30 minutes before the game.