Eoin Colquhoun, Pronghorn Athletics
Lethbridge – For the second straight night, the UBC Okanagan Heat made it difficult for the host University of Lethbridge but in the end, the Pronghorns prevailed, completing the sweep with an 83-61 victory.
With the win, the Pronghorns improve to 12-6 on the season and the Heat fall to 2-14.
In the end, the difference in the game was the Pronghorns ability to capitalize on Heat turnovers, converting 29 Heat mistakes into 36 points, while the Heat only converted 17 Pronghorn miscues into 14 points.
Dejon Burdeaux returned to the lineup after missing last night's game with an illness and led the way for the Pronghorns with 20 points, while recording three assists and five steals. Elliot Sentance picked up 16 points and nine rebounds and Will Hickey, the lone fifth-year Pronghorn, had a strong senior night with 14 points.
For the Heat, Austin Penrose had a team high 16 points, going five for eight from the field and was perfect on six free throw attempts. Noma Obaseki chipped in with 12 points and Triston Matthews and Aldrich each picked up 11 points in the loss
Off the opening tip, the Pronghorns hit their first two shots, but from there it was an inconsistent quarter for the home squad and the scoring stalled. A 16-6 run put the Heat up by 6 late in the quarter but Will Hickey, who was playing his last regular season home game, hit a three at the buzzer to cut the Pronghorns deficit to only three (16-13).
The second quarter was a different story for the home side, as the Pronghorns were able to find some consistency in their shot and up the tempo to a 26-11 quarter and a 39-27 lead. In the half, the Pronghorns shot the ball 51.9%, while the Heat hit on only34.5%.
Aldrich Berrios hit a three to open the second half for the Heat but that would be the last time his team would be within single digits as the Pronghorns extended their lead to 19 by the time the third quarter ended (60-41).
With the game in control, the 'Horns were content to trade baskets with the Heat and rest the starters for much of the final quarter while cruising to the 22 point win.
On the night, the Pronghorn finished shooting only 39.4% but due to the Heat turnover issues, attempted 15 more shots than the Heat. The Heat hit 18 for 51 for 35.3% on the night.
The Pronghorns now head into their bye week and will return to action in two weeks, traveling to Edmonton to face the 12-4 Alberta Golden Bears. The Heat will be back in Alberta next weekend, heading up to Edmonton to face the MacEwan Griffins.