Last week, the Heat Men’s Basketball won two games on road against the Trinity Western Spartans to start off their season conference with two straight victories (2-0).
On Friday, October 26, the Heat defeated the Spartans in a close-scoring game 75-73. Despite that the Heat struggled to score in first and second quarter, they managed to build up a strong momentum with tight locked defense, with the Spartans only scoring 11 points in the third quarter, while the Heat scored 25 points. The outstanding performance in the third quarter was one of the crucial factors for the Heat to win the game.
After their first win, the Heat fired up their offense and won their second game with a final score of 97-88. The Heat’s team had a prominent Field Goal Made (FGM) percentage of 50%, shooting 36 field goals out of their 72 shots. Individually, team captain Aldrich Berrios played well as an efficient overall player, finishing the game with nine points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. Shooting guard Philip Okanlawon would score 31 points, including six three-points made, as well as five rebounds. Guard Triston Matthews scored 20 points in his 29 minutes, with a solid performance.
“Our goal is to play five hundred (season record) basketball. “It would be difficult, but I think it’s attainable.” ” said Ken Olynyk, Interim Head Coach of the Heat Men’s Basketball.
The 2018-2019 season is the Head Coach Olynyk’s first coaching career with the Heat Men’s Basketball. Coach Olynyk was serving as the Head Coach for 14 seasons for the University of Toronto’s Varsity Blues. He was also the chair and organizer for the Canada Basketball U15 and U17 national championships, which were hosted in Kamloops this August.
The Heat Men’s Basketball will be returning to their home court this weekend to start off their first home game of the season. On Friday, November 2nd, the Heat will be playing the Brandon Bobcats at 8 P.M. and the following night, on November 3rd, at 7 P.M.