Bobcats crank down the Heat

Bobcats crank down the Heat

Tyler Crayston, Bobcat Athlete Services and Events

BRANDON, MB –
The Brandon Bobcats collected their second straight home court win of the 2016-2017 Canada West season by bouncing the UBC Okanagan Heat 67-54 on Saturday at the Healthy Living Centre.
 
The Bobcats' start to their rematch against the Heat was similar to their home opening victory on Friday. Brandon took command off the get-go and scored the first six points and grabbed an 8-2 lead in the early stages. The BU men's basketball team was up 14-9 after the first quarter.
 
UBC Okanagan overcame the deficit with a 7-0 run and the Bobcats lead was trimmed to 14-13 early in the second quarter. The Heat continued to outscore the Bobcats 12-1 before a Josh Bell three pointer evened the contest 18-18. Brandon had an offensive burst before the break with an 18-7 run and the home team led 33-25 at halftime.
 
The Heat took the momentum back after the break. UBC Okanagan had a 13-4 run and Brandon's lead was down to 44-42. The Bobcats held a 46-44 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
 
Heading down the homestretch, the Bobcats had a narrow 48-47 lead before they brought their best in the most crucial stages of the contest. Brandon collected 14 consecutive points and never looked back en route to sweeping the weekend series. The mega run was highlighted by back-to-back three's from Tyvon Cooper and a strong inside game from Tyler Anderson.
 
Cooper collected a game-high 23 points, while Anderson added 10 points for the Bobcats, who upped their conference record to 2-and-2.
 
"It is a great feeling to get back-to-back wins at home," said Cooper. "We pride ourselves on protecting our home court and we are wanting to set the tempo as we push forward with the rest of our season. Our confidence continues to grow."
 
Earl Thompson Jr. was next with 11 points for Brandon, who hit the road this coming weekend to play the Saskatchewan Huskies on November 18-19.
 
The top scorer for the Heat was Aldrich Berrios with 17 points as UBC Okanagan slipped to 1-and-3.
 
The Heat will look to bounce back at home on November 18-19 when they welcome the Mount Royal Cougars.