KELOWNA, B.C. - After falling behind early, UBCO Heat were unable to close the gap on the Winnipeg Wesmen, losing (97-84) Saturday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
Trailing by double-digits for the majority of the game, UBCO was unable to get ahead of the Wesmen's defensive efforts.
Winnipeg would shoot at least 50% from the field for the second consecutive evening, including shooting 80% from the charity stripe (23-of-29).
Hafith Moallin led the home side with 23 points, seven boards, and four assists.
The loss drops UBCO to (3-15) on the year while Winnipeg improves to an even (8-8).
Any chance of making the postseason for the Heat will come down to next weekend against Saskatchewan, as they will have to win both games next weekend to have any chance of making the postseason.
The Wesman took a (45-32) lead into halftime, powered by D.J. Dayrit 's team-high 12 points through 20. Donte Makazu added eight points off the bench for Winnipeg in the half.
Patrick Dujmovic, playing his last home game in a Heat uniform, had three points in 14 minutes.
Big man Owen Keyes had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Heat, hitting double digits in scoring for the fourth game in a row.
"It's been a tremendous experience. I've been around here for five years and every time it feels like a little family. Through the ups and downs, it's always been a positive experience. I believe that this squad is going to go a long way in a couple of years."
The Heat head on the road for a date with the (10-6) Saskatchewan Huskies in the team's final regular-season games of the year, Friday's game starts at 6 p.m. The Wesmen head home to take on (3-13) Mount Royal Cougars on Friday at 8 p.m. PST.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information
Patrick Dujmovich #24
- The sole graduating player from the Heat men's basketball team is number 24, Patrick Dujmovic.
- Patrick will be graduating from the Science program this Spring.
- The White Rock product played over the course of four seasons for the Heat, suiting up for 51 games and picking up 138 points along with 115 rebounds prior to the Wesmen series.
- Known as a knock-down shooter, Patrick had his best game in a Heat uniform back in 2018 when he dropped 20 points against Saskatchewan, including four triples.
- Coach Clay Pottinger goes on to say that "Pat's presence will be missed on the Team. His Academic Leadership and team-first mentality epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete.