KELOWNA, B.C. - On Saturday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, the No. 3 Calgary Dinos, for a second straight night, proved to the UBCO Heat men why they are ranked third in the country.
The visiting Dinos led from start to finish, defeating the Heat convincingly (114-60), ending in a 54 point margin.
Brett Layton was a force to be reckoned with, dropping a game-high 29 off of 14-of-21 shooting for Calgary, adding 16 boards.
The loss is the Heat's seventh in a row and drops them to (1-9) on the season, while Calgary stays undefeated and improves to (8-0).
Opening the game on a (13-2) run, the Dinos cruised to a (54-30) halftime lead. Layton, the fifth-year center for Calgary had 15 of his game-high 29.
Ezeoha Santiago chipped in eight of his 17 in the third quarter as the Dinos took a 25 point lead into the final stanza.
Calgary's 114-point effort is their highest of the season and the third game they've finished in triple-digits.
Second-year guard Hafith Moallin had seven points and seven boards for the home side in the loss.
The Heat fired at 39% from the field, outmatched by Calgary's 55% in the game. The 25 turnovers by the Heat proved costly, leading to 35 points for the Dinos.
The schedule has been rough to UBCO, dealing them nationally ranked teams in back-to-back weeks, but Heat head coach Clay Pottinger sees it as a learning experience for his team.
"We're a U SPORTS team, and we've got to get used to playing U SPORT level basketball. The UBC's, the Calgary's, that is who you have to be able to compete with."
Canada West action will cease for the remainder of 2019. The Heat are next in action on January 4 as they make their way to the Island to take on the Victoria Vikes at 8 p.m. PST. Calgary will return home and await a matchup with UNBC to start 2020.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information