KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – Senior Kyle Calhoun (Seattle, Wash./Hazen HS/Marshalltown CC) scored 34 and KJ Hong (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur HS/Shoreline CC) added 25 as the Evergreen Geoducks made 16 three-pointers en route to a 92-87 win over the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat in a non-conference men’s basketball game on Friday afternoon in Kamloops, British Columbia.
After Hong drained a three pointer to open the scoring, UBCO (0-1) went on a 10-3 run to take the lead with 6:10 to go in the first quarter but the Geoducks (1-0) fought back to allow the Heat just nine points the rest of the period as Evergreen held a 22-19 lead after the first quarter of the game that was played under FIBA rules. UBCO retook the lead briefly in the second quarter but a 13-0 run put the Geoducks up by seven as Evergreen held a 47-40 lead heading into halftime.
The Geoducks nearly pushed the lead to double-digits in the third quarter as Evergreen was up by nine with 6:27 to go in the period but the Heat got hot at the right time to close the gap to just two points, 70-68, heading into the final quarter.
UBCO continued the run into the fourth quarter as the Heat retook the lead but the Geoducks never backed down, pulling ahead for good on a three-pointer by Hong with 3:57 left to play as Evergreen held on for the 92-87 win.
Calhoun scored his 34 points on 11-of-24 shooting, including eight-of-16 from behind the arc. Hong was eight-of-15 on the afternoon, including six three-pointers, as he scored 25 for the Geoducks. Sophomore Michael Potter (Ridgefield, Wash./Ridgefield HS) earned the double-double, scoring 14 points and bringing down 10 rebounds in the win.
UBCO was led by 14 points from James Lum. Mike Zayonc and Greet Gill each had 12 while Landry Ndayitwayeko and Ed Dane Medi put up 11 to round out the Heat in double-digit scoring. Medi added 10 rebounds off the bench to earn the double-double.
Evergreen hits the hardwood again on Friday afternoon as they take on host Thompson Rivers, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia.