Cascades pull away from Heat in fourth quarter, complete weekend sweep

For the second consecutive evening, the University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team was at its best in the fourth quarter against the UBC Okanagan Heat.

Leading 61-57 at the end of the third, the Cascades opened the final frame on a 15-6 run to drain the suspense from the proceedings and clinch a weekend sweep on the road in Kelowna. The final score was 81-73.

Kadeem Willis throws down a dunk against the UBC Okanagan Heat. - Greystoke Photography

Kadeem Willis throws down a dunk against the UBC Okanagan Heat.
– Greystoke Photography

UFV was coming off an 84-76 victory over the Heat on Friday.

“Down the stretch, we were just able to make a few more shots and take advantage of our opportunities,” Cascades head coach Adam Friesen said. “But we understand we have to play a lot better in the coming weekends if we’re to continue having success.”

Fifth-year centre Jasper Moedt scored seven of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Dominique Brown and Kevon Parchment contributed 15 points apiece for the Cascades (2-0).

The Heat (0-2) were led by David Manshreck, who counted five three-pointers among his game-high 24 points and added 11 rebounds.

Manny Dulay (12 points, 2-for-3 from beyond the arc) also scored in double figures for the Cascades, while Nate Brown notched eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Heat won the rebounding battle by a 42-35 margin, but UFV had success attacking the basket on offence, getting to the free throw line with regularity. They went 25-for-35 from the charity stripe, and Moedt was 9-of-12.

“We just went to our strength and kind of played through the post,” Friesen said, analyzing his team’s success in the final frame. “Defensively, we were able to find a way to get consecutive stops in the fourth quarter, which we had trouble doing the first night.”

The UFV basketball teams host their home openers this coming week – the UNBC Timberwolves are the guests on Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.) at the Envision Athletic Centre.

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