KELOWNA, B.C. - On Friday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, the UBCO Heat men were not able to overcome the Calgary Dinos' 17-point run to start the game as they fell (89-50).
Grabbing the lead early, the Dinos would hold a double-digit advantage from nearly start to finish, pushed by Brett Layton's game-high 16 points, he also added eight boards.
Second-year guard Hafith Moallin would lead the Heat with 10 points, adding four boards in another strong showing for the 2018-19 conference All-Rookie team member.
The loss is UBCO's sixth straight as they fall to (1-8), while the Dinos stay undefeated and improve to (7-0) atop the conference standings.
Despite the slide, Heat head coach Clay Pottinger sees improvement in his squad.
"Today we came out with a little bit of fight, more aggressiveness, and the ability to make plays and create turnovers. Still not taking care of the ball as much as I'd like, but we're moving in the right direction."
The Dinos would open the game on a remarkable (17-0) run. Sebago Jean-Charles would score the Heat's first basket at the 2:17 mark of the first quarter as the Heat found themselves down (19-2) after one frame.
Despite UBCO closing the deficit to 14 points by halftime, Calgary's quick start would guide them towards a (35-23) lead, boosted by Mason Foreman's nine points in the half. For the Heat, Moallin would have a team-high six points and four boards at the break.
Calgary would outscore the Heat (32-15) in the third stanza, including a buzzer-beater from Simon Kutzschmar, pushing their lead to 29.
The visitors would increase their lead to 39 by the end of the match, finishing with four players in double digits.
In his first season with the Heat, Keaton Souster injected some much-needed energy into his Heat team in the second half, playing a career-high 14 minutes, grabbing seven boards and eventually fouling out.
The two teams rematch tomorrow night at 6 p.m. PST.
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~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information