KELOWNA, B.C. - While it wasn't the storybook ending Aldrich Berrios was looking for, the greatest scorer in UBCO history capped off his Heat career with a 17-point performance on Saturday night in a 82-61 to the Victoria Vikes.
Victoria used another outstanding shooting performance from distance to build a 10 point lead at halftime and never let the home team back into it in the second half.
Berrios finishes his career as the leading scorer in program history (1483) and the second best three-point shooter in Canada West history in terms of makes (256). Following the game the senior reflected on what his time with the program means to him.
"All the relationship i've made with my teammates, my coaches, the staff I am internally grateful for everything. I just wanted to soak it all in today and really enjoy the moment."
Four of the Vikes' five starters finished in double-figures in terms of points, led by Scott Kellum who had 17 points while Jake Newman had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards. Taylor Montgomery-Stinson (14 points) and Jason Scully (12 points) also did their fair share of work on the offensive end.
The Heat close out their Canada West season with a record of 7-13 as they will miss out on the postseason as they have a bye in the final weekend of play. If UBCO had captured Saturday nights game they still would've had a shot at making the postseason.
Victoria improves to 8-10 and their postseason aspirations will come down to a two-game set with the MacEwan Griffins (1-17) next weekend on their home floor.
The visitors controlled the glass all night long, as they had 51 boards compared to just 40 for the Heat with 10 of these rebounds coming on the offensive glass.
Full postgame interview with Berrios:
The Vikes started off hot from behind the arc once again on Saturday night as they hit seven triples in the first 10 minutes on 14 attempts to go up 28-21 after the opening quarter. The offence didn't slow down for the visitors in the second as they continued to find quality looks both from the perimeter and in the paint and would build their lead to 46-36 at halftime. In the opening 20 minutes the Vikes were 11-of-25 from deep as over 70% of their points in the first half came from behind the arc.
Hafith Moallin made a driving layup early in the third to cut the deficit to just eight at 46-38 but this would be as close as the home team would get for the remainder of the evening. The Heat struggled for the majority of the third frame to find open looks as they scored just 11 points in the quarter to dig themselves an even bigger whole going into the fourth at 68-47 Vikes. The pace would slow down in the fourth with neither team finding any rhythm on the offensive end. With just under 30 seconds left, Berrios was able to leave the UBC Okanagan gym floor for one last time to a standing ovation in the gym he has hit so many memorable shots in.
~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information