Fast-starting Cougars earn big win over Cascades in Regina

Daniel Adediran was a bright spot for the Cascades, hauling down 12 rebounds to go with nine points.

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team had a tough night on the road, dropping a 98-57 decision to the Regina Cougars on Saturday.

The Cascades had battled the Cougars tooth and nail on Friday evening, ultimately falling 74-64 after being tied at the end of the third quarter. Saturday’s rematch was a different story – Regina controlled the game from the outset, opening on an 11-2 run and leading 28-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Cascades stuck with the Cougars in the second, both teams mustering 12 points in the frame, but the hosts pulled away after the break. They outscored UFV by a 32-20 margin in the third, then by a 26-15 count in the fourth as both teams gave their bench players extended minutes.

Regina improves to 3-1, while UFV falls to 1-5 in Canada West play.

Vick Toor led the Cascades in scoring for the second straight night – the rookie point guard posted 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field to go with four assists. But he was the lone double-figure scorer for UFV. Daniel Adediran and Matt Cooley registered nine points apiece, and Adediran hauled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Fifth-year forward Brian Ofori was the Cougars’ catalyst, racking up 20 points (going 4-of-5 from three-point range), 10 boards, four steals and three assists. Brandon Tull (15 points), Shaquille Harris (13), Shawn Lathan (12) and Samuel Hillis (12) also chipped in offensively.

The Cascades held their own on the boards, edging the Cougars 47-45 thanks in large part to Adediran, but they turned the ball over 22 times compared to just eight for the hosts. Regina’s offence was sparked by high-volume shooting from beyond the arc – they hit 14-of-36 attempts from downtown.

The Cascades basketball teams return to the Envision Financial Athletic Centre next weekend to host the Winnipeg Wesmen. Games run Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.).

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