The University of British Columbia

Men's basketball remains winless after loss to third-ranked T-Birds

UBCO's BB Chuks-Mady battles in the post against the Thunderbirds (Photo Credit: Julie Pringle/Snap Photography)
UBCO's BB Chuks-Mady battles in the post against the Thunderbirds (Photo Credit: Julie Pringle/Snap Photography)

KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat men's basketball team remained winless on the season as they lost their second-straight game to the U SPORTS No. 3-ranked UBC Thunderbirds 75-54 on Saturday evening.

Despite trailing throughout the first half, the Heat maintained a steady performance, keeping the Thunderbirds within 11 and 10 points at the end of the first and second quarters. The Heat were able to come back from two 17-point deficits in the second quarter, reeling in the T-Birds to a score of 25-35 at the end of the first half.

The third quarter was much the same, with the Heat keeping the Thunderbirds from running away with it. This time the Heat minimized the visiting squad's 20-point lead to bring it within 12 points by the end of the quarter, the final points going to the Heat thanks to a buzzer-beater three-ball from Jesse Vogel of Las Vegas, Nev.

For the first half of the final quarter, the Heat did not allow UBC to increase the lead to any larger than 10 points. However, in the final five minutes the T-Birds began to pull away and ultimately, their lead could not be contained, as the third-ranked squad took the victory.

Sylvan Lake, Alta., product Dallas Hancox and BB Chuks-Mady, hailing from Hamilton, Ont., led the charge for the Heat throughout the evening's affair. Hancox contributed 15 points for the Heat, shooting 6-for-9 from the field while also contributing seven boards for the home squad. Chuks-Mady also had a solid performance for UBCO, shooting 4-for-9 from the field to finish with 13 points while adding two rebounds.

The visiting squad's Grant Audu (Toronto, Ont.) played an impressive 23-point game, shooting 50 percent from the field, as well as pulling down five boards. Sukhman Sandhu of Surrey, B.C., furthered the T-Bird's winning effort, shooting 5-for-10 in the field and 2-for-4 beyond the arc for 15 point to go along with 12 boards for the double-double

Next up for the Heat is a bye week, but they will be back at The Furnace the following week for a weekend matchup with the UFV Cascades. The games are set to start at 1 p.m. on November 26th and 3 p.m. on November 27th.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate starting 30 minutes before the game is set to start.