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RECAP: Moallin’s triple-double leads Heat past ‘Pack

RECAP: Moallin’s triple-double leads Heat past ‘Pack

KELOWNA, B.C. - Hafith Moallin recorded only the second triple-double in UBCO's program history and 15th in Canada West men's basketball history as the Heat closed a 12-point gap in the fourth quarter to take the Friday matinee (93-91).

Moallin, the sophomore year guard, put up 16 points, 11 assists, and 11 boards, as the Heat dropped a season-high 12 threes.

Swingman Jacob Stokker went five-of-eight from beyond the arc for a team-high 19 points.

Philip Okanlawon put up 18 points for the Heat with four timely treys, while Anton Bilous led the charge for TRU with a game-high 26 points on 11-of-24 shooting.

Every three made by the Heat delighted the large crowd on hand. The mid-day start time came with an enticement to the local school district to bring the fans, and several schools arrived via multiple yellow school buses bringing in hundreds of children.  

All of those students witnessed the Heat's home-opening win. Their first of the season as they improve to (1-2) while TRU's loss is the first game they've dropped this season as they fall to (2-1).

UBCO head coach Clayton Pottinger noted that his team is figuring things out under-pressure. "This is a good showing of the growth of the guys and that they can play through adversity." 

The Heat opened the game up with a quick, 6-1 lead as seven-footer Sam Mattice went to work inside. TRU would bounce back, going on (16-0) run to take the lead and end the quarter on top (25-18).

The Heat would knock down five threes, with three from Philip Okanlawon to cut the seven-point deficit to four by halftime (46-42). TRU's Joe Davis had a game-high 13 points off five-of-seven shooting in the half.

Jacob Stokker after draining a three late in the half, opened the third quarter with another trey to cut the lead to one. Moments later Owen Keyes layed in his third basket of the game to give the Heat their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.

The WolfPack led by Davis, would restore command of the game and take a (67-60) lead into the final frame. But UBCO, down as much as 12 points in the 4th quarter, would battle back with more huge threes from Stokker and Okanlawon to steal the lead from the 'Pack.

After Bilous would drain a three to keep the game tight at (84-80), Stokker would once again nail down a three to give the Heat a seven-point lead. Okanlawon closed the game out with a steal and a basket as his points would get to UBCO to 93 in the game and 33 in the quarter.

The two teams play the second half of their weekend series tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in the Okanagan gym.

All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.

 

Presidents' Cup

Thanks to this win the Heat now own a two-game advantage over TRU in the chase for the men's Presidents' Cup. Full Scoring 

~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information