Griffins bounce back to beat Cascades, salvage weekend sweep

Kevon Parchment posted his sixth straight double-double, but the Cascades fell to the MacEwan Griffins on Saturday.

Kevon Parchment posted his sixth straight double-double, but the Cascades fell to the MacEwan Griffins on Saturday.

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team dropped a 74-54 decision to the MacEwan Griffins in Edmonton on Saturday.

The Cascades were coming off an 80-77 victory over the Griffins on Friday, but with second-leading scorer Vijay Dhillon sidelined due to injury for the rematch, they weren’t able to get much going offensively.

UFV shot just 36.1 per cent from the field, and lost the rebounding battle 51-34.

The Cascades (9-5) still hold a firm grip on second place in the Explorer Division, while the fourth-place Griffins (6-8) picked up a key victory in their pursuit of a top-three playoff berth.

“Full credit to MacEwan – they competed harder than us, and they played a physical game tonight,” UFV head coach Adam Friesen said. “They deserved the outcome. We tried, but we couldn’t get a rhythm going offensively. We couldn’t get a lot of traction in the game.”

The Griffins held a modest 16-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, but they outscored the Cascades 23-13 in the second to push the lead to double digits, and they steadily expanded the margin from there.

Cascades fifth-year guard Kevon Parchment picked up his sixth straight double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, to go with six assists. Navjot Bains (12 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double of his own, while Nate Brown contributed 10 points.

MacEwan’s Keith Gerdes counted four three-pointers among his game-high 22 points, and Denzel James chipped in with 15 points for the hosts.

The UFV basketball teams now head into a bye week. They return to action Feb. 5-6 with road games vs. the UBC Okanagan Heat.

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