Cascades men’s hoopsters suffer first loss of season

Vijay Dhillon scored 16 points on Friday evening, but the Cascades fell to the UNBC Timberwolves. (photos courtesy UNBC Communications)

Vijay Dhillon scored 16 points on Friday evening, but the Cascades fell to the UNBC Timberwolves. (photos courtesy UNBC Communications)

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.

UFV centre Nav Bains posted eight points and six rebounds on Friday.

UFV centre Nav Bains posted eight points and six rebounds on Friday.

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).

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