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RECAP: No. 4 T-birds topple Heat to open 2019

RECAP: No. 4 T-birds topple Heat to open 2019

Vancouver, BC - Philip Okanlawon and Triston Matthews both finished with 10 points on the night but it was not enough as the Heat fell to the No. 4 ranked UBC Thunderbirds in their first game of 2019 by a 100-29 final score.

After the Heat trailed by just two after the opening quarter, the Thunderbirds used a 31-0 second frame to blow the game open and the visitors were never able to regain their footing.

UBC improves to 10-1 on the year while the Heat drop to 5-8 and have now lost seven of their last eight games.

Tomorrow night these two teams will face off once again in the War Memorial Gym, with tip slated for 7 p.m. PST.

Six players would finish in double-figures for the T-birds, led by Kelowna product Grant Shepard who had 19 points on just 10 shot attempts. Jadon Cohee and Grant Audu had 15 points each as well.

The rebounding disparity was a huge factor in the game, as UBC collected 69 rebounds compared to just 32 for the undersized Heat. These 69 rebounds were the most this season for the home team, eclipsing their previous best of 56.

First half:

The Heat could not have asked to a better start against the T-birds as they held the lead at multiple points in the first quarter and would trail by just two (19-17) after the opening 10 minutes. The floodgates would open in the second for the No. 4 ranked Thunderbirds as they scored 31 points in the quarter, while the Heat did not score a point in the frame. 

Second half:

The third quarter featured the T-Birds shooting a sizzling 67 percent from the field, thanks to the host making good on 14 of 21 attempts in outscoring the Heat 32-10. In the final frame, UBC put up 18 points to reach the century mark while the Heat countered with two of their own.

~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information, Notes from Stu Walters, UBC Thunderbirds

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