The University of British Columbia

Men's basketball swept by Spartans on the road

(Photo Credit: Conan Shing Photography)
(Photo Credit: Conan Shing Photography)

KELOWNA, B.C. - The UBC Okanagan Heat men's basketball team refused to go away against the Trinity Western Spartans on Saturday night but ultimately fell short with a final score of 79-72.

The Heat came out very aggressive from the opening tipoff as they forced three fouls in the first minute of the match. However, shots were struggling to fall all game, as they shot a difficult 29 percent on 23-for-79 from the floor. UBCO got 12 more shot attempts thanks to their aggression on the offensive glass, racking up 23 offensive boards to the Spartans 10, and finished the night with 57 rebounds which supplied them ample second chance shots that kept them in the game down the stretch.

Coming off a quiet night on Friday, Roberts Creek, B.C., native Gus Gooerzen reminded everyone of his offensive arsenal. The second-year guard finished the night with 16 points, including a pair of back-to-back threes in the fourth that cut the lead to just four. The Heat played with a short-lived lead in the final five minutes of the game as Hamilton product Kevin Hamlet drained a clutch three to put them up by one. The 6-7 forward finished with a double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds. 

Trinity Western was carried by their top-performing guards, Ja'Qualyn Gilbreath of Amarillo, TX, and Mason Bourcier, of Kelowna, B.C. Both finished the night with 26 points and a double-double in rebounds. The duo hit clutch buckets down the stretch as Bourcier hit five quick points in the fourth and snagged a clutch offensive rebound that put the Spartans up by four and kept them there.

The Heat flirted with a comeback and a lead multiple times throughout the match but were never able to stay in the driver's seat. Inconsistent scoring is what cost them the game as their misses turned into Trinity Western's makes, and the game was sealed when the Spartans went on a 13-5 run to stifle any comeback the Heat might have had in store.

The Heat are back at home next weekend as they'll host the University of Fraser Valley for a doubleheader at The Furnace on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6, games that was rescheduled from January. Tipoff both days is set for 12 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before tipoff.