Cascade men’s hoopsters conclude preseason at stateside exhibition tourney

Daniel Adediran continued his strong preseason by leading the Cascades in scoring on Saturday. (UFV Athletics file photo)

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team closed out its preseason schedule with a pair of exhibition losses to stateside opponents on the weekend.

The Cascades were participating in an exhibition tournament hosted by Northwest University of Kirkland, Wash. On Friday, they dropped a 97-82 decision to the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers, and on Saturday they fell 95-64 to the host Northwest Eagles. Eastern Oregon and Northwest are both NAIA programs.

“Not the results we wanted, but the guys are competing hard, playing aggressive and eager to learn from our mistakes,” Cascades head coach Adam Friesen said.

On Friday, UFV trailed Eastern Oregon by 16 points (54-38) at halftime, but outscored their opponent in the second half (44-43). The Cascades got a terrific outing from redshirt freshman guard Sagar Dulay, who went 6-for-12 from beyond the arc on his way to a team-high 20 points. Suhkman Sandhu came off the bench for 13 points in 17 minutes, and Vick Toor (10 points) and Riley Braich (nine points) also chipped in offensively. Matt Cooley notched a team-high six assists. Jordan May poured in a game-high 32 points for the Mountaineers.

On Saturday, the Cascades were within striking distance at the break, trailing 49-39, but the Eagles pulled away in the second half. Northwest limited UFV to 29.4 per cent shooting from the field over the last 20 minutes of the game.

Daniel Adediran posted 12 points and seven rebounds, both team-high totals, and Sandhu registered 11 points and five boards. Alex Smith, with 20 points, paced the Eagles offensively.

The UFV basketball teams open the Canada West regular season this coming weekend (Oct. 27-28) at UBC, and host their home openers Nov. 3-4 vs. the Mount Royal Cougars.

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