The UNBC Timberwolves handed the University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team its first loss of the Canada West regular season, by a score of 81-74 on Friday evening.
In Prince George, Cascades fifth-year guard Kevon Parchment continued his outstanding start to the season, racking up 25 points and 11 rebounds – both game-high totals. But the T-Wolves got big games from their backcourt stars Rhys Elliott (23 points) and Billy Cheng (15 points) en route to victory.
The Cascades (4-1) came into the game leading the conference in points allowed per game (64.0), but the T-Wolves (2-3) shot a healthy 48.4 per cent from the field and 44 per cent from beyond the arc (11-of-25).
“UNBC played a great game and deserved this win,” Cascades head coach Adam Friesen said afterward. “We need to learn from this and improve. We can really grow from this loss and become a better team.”
UFV gets another crack at UNBC on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be webcast at ufv.canadawest.tv.
The Cascades led 44-37 at halftime on Friday, but the T-Wolves came alive after the break. They rallied to take a 70-62 lead in the fourth quarter, with Marcus MacKay’s three-pointer capping a 13-2 run.
UFV dug deep and mustered the next nine points – highlighted by a Parchment triple – to reclaim the lead at 71-70. But UNBC’s Vaggelis Loukas nailed a trey of his own on the next T-Wolves possession to kick-start a 7-0 run for the hosts, and they never trailed again.
Vijay Dhillon (16 points) and Manny Dulay (14 points) joined Parchment as double-figure scorers for UFV, and all three players hit three treys apiece as the Cascades hit 50 per cent of their attempts from beyond the arc (10-for-20).