The University of British Columbia

Hamlet, Goerzen lead late charge as men's basketball tops UNBC

UBCO's Liban Yousef brings the ball up the floor against UNBC on Saturday afternoon at The Furnace (Photo Credit: Conan Shing Photography)
UBCO's Liban Yousef brings the ball up the floor against UNBC on Saturday afternoon at The Furnace (Photo Credit: Conan Shing Photography)

KELOWNA, B.C. - A 12-4 run by the UBC Okanagan Heat men's basketball team late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's match against the visiting UNBC Timberwolves paved the way for a 84-74 win at the Furnace.

An emphatic slam by Gus Goerzen, of Robert's Creek, B.C., sent the Heat on a run to open the second half. Grabbing their first lead of the game on the basket, and UBCO held on the rest of the way for their second win in their last four games.

Goerzen finished the game with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Heat big man Dallas Hancox had an impactful night, dominating the paint at both ends of the floor. The Sylvan Lake, Alta., product had nine points and eight rebounds. The fifth-year also recorded two blocks setting the all-time single season blocks record with 17 on the year.

UBCO leading scorer, Kevin Hamlet of Scarborough, Ont., had another effective night with 17 points, eight rebounds and a pair of assists. Seven of his points were crucial fourth quarter baskets which propelled his team's late run.

For UNBC, Tyrell Laing, a senior playing for his hometown Timberwolves, dropped a game-high 27 points off 8-of-17 shooting. Laing went a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line.

After a frustrating first quarter, the Heat used hustled plays from veteran guard Keaton Souster that re-energized the Heat lineup. The Edmonton native put his body on the line drawing a tough charge before halftime. His team would respond with a mini-run to close to the half, cutting into UNBC's lead and setting them in a good position to get a much-needed victory.

The win pulls the Heat to 3-13 on the year, with a pair of games remaining. Meanwhile, UNBC falls to 5-11 following the loss.

The Heat will be back in action next weekend when they host the UBC Thunderbirds at 3 p.m. at The Furnace. Heat seniors Keaton Souster and Dallas Hancox will be honoured prior to tip-off. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before tipoff of the women's game at 1 p.m.