The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team dropped a 91-82 decision to the Saskatchewan Huskies in the opening game of the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament, hosted by the University of Victoria.
On Friday evening at UVic’s new gymnasium – the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) – the Huskies got a game-high 28 points from Jauquin Bennett-Boire, while the Cascades were led by senior shooting guard Kevon Parchment (19 points, nine rebounds) and power forward Nate Brown (18 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks).
The exhibition tourney also features the host Victoria Vikes and the Carleton Ravens, winners of 11 of the past 13 CIS national championships. The Vikes and Ravens played in the late game on Friday.
The Cascades are back in action on Saturday at 3 p.m. vs. Carleton, and on Sunday they play UVic at 2 p.m. The games will be webcast at canadawest.tv (pay per view).
The Huskies led 19-17 at the end of the first quarter and 47-39 at halftime, and they stretched the lead to 16 points with just under seven minutes remaining in the fourth. The Cascades kept grinding, though, and reeled off a 10-0 run to get to within 83-77 with two and a half minutes to go.
But Bennett-Boire, a rookie point guard who graduated from Abbotsford’s Yale Secondary earlier this year, made baskets on three of the Huskies’ next four possessions to seal the win.
Both teams were hot from beyond the arc – the Cascades went 11-of-21 (52.4 per cent) from three-point land, with Vijay Dhillon going 3-for-5 en route to a 14-point outing. The Huskies countered by hitting 10-of-24 (41.7 per cent).