Cockrill hottest of the Heat

Micah Cockrill is quickly turning himself into a strong candidate for the B.C. Colleges Athletic Association rookie of the year award, having just won his second Athlete of the Week award this season.

On Friday night versus the visiting Douglas College Royals, the six-foot-five Chilliwack native did not shoot the ball particularly well yet still was second on the Heat in scoring with 17 points in the Heat’s 80-71 victory. Cockrill grabbed six rebounds and notched four steals in the win.

With four Heat players sidelined by injury Saturday night, it was the the Cockrill show. The Heat trailed 35-27 at the half and fell farther behind as the Royals pushed their lead to15 midway through the third.

Cockrill proceeded on a shooting romp that needed to be witnessed to be believed. He connected on a three-ball just prior to the end of the third quarter, and then came out to score five more, making it six consecutive three-pointers.

His stellar shooting fuelled the Heat in a comeback that put them up 65-63 with two minutes left to play. Douglas forced overtime, but Cockrill started the extra session with another three-ball and UBC-O pulled away for an 84-77 win.

He finished with 28 points on 10-17 shooting, including 8-14 from beyond the arc.

League-wide, Cockrill sits eighth in points per game with an average of 15.27.