A tough third quarter was the difference on Friday evening, as the University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team fell 76-53 to the Victoria Vikes in exhibition action.
Playing at UFV’s Envision Financial Athletic Centre, the Cascades stuck with the Vikes over the first 20 minutes of the game – they were within 20-17 and 37-30 at the quarter breaks. The third quarter, though, was all UVic. The visitors built a 24-8 edge in the frame, and cruised from there.
The two teams meet again on Saturday afternoon at the EFAC, with tip-off set for 3 p.m.
“It was a great learning opportunity for us,” UFV head coach Adam Friesen said afterward. “We’re a youthful group, and we’re going to have to take some tough lessons. We played hard, we’ll learn from it and move forward.”
Cascades sophomore centre Sukhman Sandhu notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Mark Johnson tied him for team-high scoring honours with 12 points of his own. Daniel Adediran gave the hosts a spark off the bench, scoring nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field.
Taylor Montgomery-Stinson paced a balanced UVic attack with 16 points, and Jordan Charles chipped in with 13.
Turnovers were the key statistic on Friday. The Cascades had 23 of them, compared to just 11 for the Vikes.
– with files from Adam Hutchison, UFV Athletics communications assistant