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RECAP: First quarter surge pushes Cascades past Heat

RECAP: First quarter surge pushes Cascades past Heat

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Hafith Moallin poured in a season-high 20 points but the Heat fell for the second straight night to the UFV Cascades (87-60).

The first quarter would be the difference on the night, as UBCO trailed by 16 at the end of the first (24-8) and was never really able to gain any momentum.

The Cascades' winning recipe couldn't have been any more different than the one they used Friday to top the Heat 89-76 in the opener of the two-game set. UFV trailed by 10 points midway through the third quarter in that one, using a long-distance barrage (shooting 58 per cent from three-point range) to mount a comeback.

Saturday's rematch saw the Cascades (2-2) hit just 21.7 per cent from beyond the arc, but they were able to limit the Heat (1-5) to 25.9 per cent from the field while making 45.6 per cent themselves. And rather than waiting to do the heavy lifting late, the hosts raced out to a 28-8 lead and cruising from there, expanding the margin as high as 37 points in the fourth quarter.

It was another solid offensive output for the Cascades, as they shot 46% against the Heat while holding the visitors to just 26% shooting on the night.

UBCO's Hafith Moallin poured in a game-high 20 points to go with 13 rebounds, and Owen Keyes had 12 points.

Afterward, Heat head coach Clay Pottinger noted his team managed to hit just 26.2 per cent (11-of-42) of their shots in the paint.

"It was a really poor shooting night for us, and then compounded by when the score (margin) gets up, guys lose their will to compete," he said. "We were just missing a lot of shots early. . . . We actually had more attempts (from the field, 85 to UFV's 79), and you've just got to bury more of those. A lot of those were little bunnies in the paint that we just weren't making. We make a few more of those early, it's probably a little different look for us."

Parm Bains, coming off a 31-point outburst on Friday, picked up where he left off, scoring eight points in the first quarter to help the Cascades to a 24-8 advantage. Buckets by Dhivaan Bhogal and Vick Toor to open the second stretched the lead to 20 points, and a Matt Cooley dunk with just over two minutes in the half pushed it to 27.

Parm Bains posted a tidy 18 points and four assists in just 23 minutes, and the Cascades were an astronomical +29 when he was in the game. Vick Toor came off the bench to score 15 points, and Cooley (11), Sukhjot Bains (nine) and Jaskarn Bajwa (eight) also chipped in offensively. Sukhjot Bains and Jordyn Sekhon tied for team-high honours with nine boards apiece.

"When Parm and Sukhjot are being aggressive and attacking the paint, it really changes our offensive outlook," Friesen noted. "It gets more people involved, the ball gets moving. When we settle for too many threes, that's when we sometimes have some poor play."

The Heat (1-5) will return home next weekend when they take on the UBC Thunderbirds (4-2) for two games. UFV (2-2) will face off next weekend against the Lethbridge Pronghorns (2-4). 

~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Dan Kinvig, UFV Athletics