Last weekend, with the two losses on Friday (100-29) and Saturday (103-69) against the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver, the Heat fell out of the playoff standing in Canada West conference.
The huge scoring gap during Friday’s game was due to the the second and fourth frames, where the Heat only scored two points while the Thunderbirds scored 49 points in both quarters. The Heat was unable to grasp enough rebounds and missed several field goal opportunities, leading to the low final score. The Thunderbirds grabbed 71 rebounds, including 20 offence rebounds; while the Heat only grabbed 32 in total.
While the Heat encountered troubles protecting the paint, the team also had a poor shooting day. They only made 11 field goals out of 69 attempts, resulting in a low field goal rate of 15.9%.
In the following day, the Heat raised their shooting percentage to 39.1%. However, the outnumbered rebounds gave the Thunderbirds more opportunities to shoot. In the second game, while the Heat made 25 shots from 64 attempts, the Thunderbirds nailed 36 shots from 81 attempts, resulting in a high field goal rate of 44.4%.
During the brutal series, the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack also seized a victory from UNBC on Saturday (82-78). With their win, the Wolfpack is now standing in the 12th position in the playoffs. The Heat are currently standing in the 13th spot.
The Heat have six remaining games with the very last four games held in their home sports gymnasium. The first of the home games will be held on January 18th and 19th against the MacEwan Griffins.
Students are encouraged to come and cheer for the Heat for their final push for a playoffs spot.