ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat men's basketball team closed out the weekend series at the University of the Fraser Valley with an 86-67 loss against the Cascades on Saturday night. Down 20-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Heat shooters couldn't match the pace of the exceptional night that the Cascades were having, and the gap proved too big to be made up.
Despite a late surge from Aldrich Berrios, and outscoring the Cascades 22-17 in the final quarter, the Heat were down 18 at the final buzzer and come away from the weekend without a win. With a-minute-13 left on the clock Aldrich Berrios went to the free throw line with 999 career points, the fourth year guard who also played safety this fall for the Okanagan Sun, hit his first and second free throw to give him 1000 and then 1001 career points.
Berrios is the third player at UBC Okanagan / Okanagan College to surpass 1000 points following (Mitch Goodwin, 2012-17, 1204 pts; Matt Gowing, 2003-08, 1028 pts) - he is the first one to do it in just four seasons.
The opening quarter finished up with the Heat down 20-7, after the Cascades scored 15 unanswered points between 7:26 and 3:28. Neither team scored in the final minute of the first, as the last points of the frame came on a Triston Matthews layup with 1:36 left.
The differential was much smaller in the second quarter, with the Cascades outscoring the Heat 23-20. By half-time UFV were shooting 52.4% from beyond the arc, having made 11 of 21 three-pointers. Sandhu and Johnson each scored 18 in the first half, while the Heat had Callaghan alone in double digits with 13.
The Cascades scored 26 in the third quarter, and held the Heat to 18, extending their lead healthily. They added four more makes from long range, and allowed the Heat just one basket in the last five minutes of the frame.
The fourth saw the Heat win their only quarter, scoring 22 and giving up 17. It wasn't enough to close the gap, as when the final buzzer sounded the Cascades were shooting 47.8% from the floor and 46.2% from three-point range. Johnson and Morris had 11 points apiece in the second half, and Berrios had 15 after half-time.
Aloysius Callaghan was the Heat's highest scorer on Saturday night, finishing with 22 points, and had two boards, 2 assists, and a steal. Behind him in scoring were Aldrich Berrios, with 17 points, and Triston Matthews, with 12.
Saturday night had Mark Johnson leading the way for the Cascades, finishing with 29 points and making eight of his 13 three-point attempts. Sukhman Sandhu had 21 in the game for the home side, Andrew Morris had 14, and Daniel Adediran finished with 12.
By the Numbers:
The Cascades had a ridiculous night from beyond the arc, finishing 17 for 34 (50%) from three-point range. The Heat shot 29% from long range, and finished behind in field goal percentage as well (45.6% - 34.3%). UFV also finished ahead in assists (23-9), steals (7-4), and blocks (8-1), while the Heat were the better rebounding team on the night (48-33).
The UBC Okanagan Heat (2-6) will play next at home, hosting the Manitoba Bisons (6-4) on December 1 and 2.
The UFV Cascades (4-6) have the Lethbridge Pronghorns (8-2) next up on the schedule, with a pair of games in Lethbridge set for December 1 and 2.
~ Grayson B. Leahy, Heat Sports Information