A monster outing from Kevon Parchment led the University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team to an 89-75 home-court victory over the Mount Royal Cougars on Friday evening.
The Cascades’ fifth-year swingman from Scarborough, Ont. has made a habit of stuffing the stat sheet throughout the course of his UFV career, but Friday was special even by his standards. Parchment not only poured in a game-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field, he also racked up 14 rebounds, six assists, six steals and two blocks.
Afterward, Cascades head coach Adam Friesen invoked the name of one of the NBA’s all-time greats as he reflected on Parchment’s big night.
“He did a Scottie Pippen impersonation out there,” Friesen marveled, alluding to the Chicago Bulls’ versatile superstar who earned six NBA championships alongside Michael Jordan in the 1990s. “Every area of the box score, he was present.
“And he led our team. First game coming out of the break, some teams need to find a boost to kind of get back into it. We needed one, and Kevon was there to give us one in a big way.”
The Cascades (6-3) and Cougars (2-7) lock horns again on Saturday evening (7 p.m., Envision Athletic Centre).
On Friday, UFV built a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter, but couldn’t pull away from the scrappy Cougars until the late going. The visitors clawed back to within six points in the third quarter, but the hosts responded with a 12-3 run to get the lead back up to 15, and they pushed the lead as high as 19 in the fourth.
When it wasn’t Parchment answering a Mount Royal run with a tough step-back jumper, it was Manny Dulay (19 points, 5-for-10 from three-point range) or Vijay Dhillon (13 points, 3-for-8 from three) swishing a shot from beyond the arc to keep the Cougars at bay. Brandon Burke (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Cascades.
Brett Layton, Mount Royal’s outstanding rookie forward, led his team with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, while Ryan Cunningham (12 points) and Glen Yang (10 points) also chipped in offensively.
“They never give up,” Friesen said of the Cougars. “We’ve learned that against them the last couple years. They’re a really well-coached team that just continues to battle and scrap away.
“First game coming out of the break, we knew we were going to be inconsistent with our game. But I think the parts that were good, were pretty good. We’ve just got to get back into the swing of things.”
BOUNCE PASSES: Cascades forward Nate Brown returned to the lineup on Friday – he’d been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury in UFV’s conference opener on Nov. 6. He posted three points in 20 minutes of game action.