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RECAP: ‘Birds take down Heat in Kelowna

RECAP: ‘Birds take down Heat in Kelowna

KELOWNA, B.C. - With four players scoring in double digits, the UBCO Heat men were able to put up 20 more points than the night before, but they ultimately fell (107-77) to the UBC Thunderbirds.

On the back-end of a weekend series with the UBC, the Heat were able to feed off of Hafith Moallin's team-high 16 points. However, the visiting T-birds hot-shooting offensive attack would prove too much to handle.

It would be a Kelowna product who would steal the spotlight and lead UBC to victory Saturday night in the Furnace. Third-year forward Grant Shephard finished the sister-school matchup with a game-high 23 points, adding five boards.

Making his first start of the season for the Heat, Patrick Dujmovic shot 60% from beyond the arc on his way to a season-high 15 points.

The Thunderbirds would finish with five players in double-digit scoring as they cruised to their second win of the weekend.

The loss drops the Heat to (1-7) on the season while the Thunderbirds win their fourth in a row to jump to (6-2) on their campaign.

Both teams shot the ball well from the field in the first half, with the home squad firing at 48% and the visitor 'Birds connecting on 50% of their shots. However, it would be the Thunderbirds who would find themselves at an advantage through 20, up (46-36).

Heat head coach Clay Pottinger wasn't entirely thrilled with his team's first-half performance despite the improved play citing, " that type of performance and playing at that level is what we should be doing on a regular basis."

UBC's Taylor Browne drained four-of-five from beyond the arc in the half for 14 of his 17 point performance.

The Heat stay at home and await a tough matchup next weekend with the No. 2 ranked team in the country in the Calgary Dinos. Friday's tip-off is at 8 p.m. PST.

UBC heads back to Vancouver for a weekend series against Lethbridge to close out their first half.

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

~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information


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