The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team exacted a measure of revenge on Saturday evening, defeating the Trinity Western Spartans 93-79 at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans had won the front end of the home-and-home set on Friday at UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre, rallying from a six-point deficit in the last two minutes of regulation en route to a 90-82 overtime victory.
The Cascades had a much stronger fourth-quarter performance in the rematch, outscoring TWU 24-15 in the final frame. Six UFV players scored in double figures, led by fifth-year point guard Manny Dulay with 18 points.
The Cascades and Spartans emerge from the weekend with matching 2-2 records.
“Really happy with how we responded after last night’s result,” UFV head coach Adam Friesen said. “We had a lot of different guys step up and look to make an impact on the game.”
The Spartans opened a 26-19 first-quarter lead, but that soon disappeared, with UFV outscoring TWU 23-15 in the second quarter to take a 42-41 advantage into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Cascades extended their lead to as much as 13 points before the Spartans responded, getting back to within five points (69-64) going to the final frame.
Anthony Gilchrist added 17 points for UFV while Vijay Dhillon had 15, Andrew Morris had 12, and Navjot Bains and Denver Sparks-Guest each had 10. Sparks-Guest also had a team-high eight rebounds as the Cascades won the battle of the boards 52-42.
UFV shot 48.1 per cent (13-for-27) from beyond the arc, with Dulay and Dhillon going a combined 7-for-14.
The Spartans were led by Vartan Tanielian, who had 21 points and seven rebounds. Patrick Vandervelden had 15 points and Peter Spangehl had a team-high eight boards.
The Cascades basketball teams are heading into a bye week, and return to action Nov. 25-26 with home games vs. the UNBC Timberwolves.
BOUNCE PASSES: Cascades rookies Riley Braich and Daniel Adediran recorded their first career Canada West field goals on Saturday. Both baskets came within 30 seconds of each other, late in the third quarter – Adediran scored a layup on a put-back, and Braich drained a three-pointer on the very next UFV possession with Adediran picking up the assist.
– with files from Mark Janzen, TWU Athletics