Saskatoon, SK…The University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s basketball team defeated the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades, 78-58, in game two of the best of three Canada West quarterfinal playoff series, played in Saskatoon, Sk. The third and deciding game will be played tomorrow night, in Saskatoon, game time is set for 5pm PST. The winner of tomorrow night’s game goes to the Canada West “Final Four” next weekend at the home of the highest seed remaining after this weekend’s four quarterfinal series are concluded.
The Huskies came out strong tonight facing elimination after UFV’s opening night 19 point victory. Saskatchewan opened the game with two three point shots and quickly establish a lead which they held onto going into the second quarter, 20-17. In second quarter, UFV started to get their shooting legs back hitting on several key shots to keep the deficit under five points but a late run by the Huskies opened up a six point halftime lead.
UFV shot 38 percent from the floor in the first half and were led by Kevon Parchment, Toronto, Ontario with 10 points.
The Huskies outscored UFV, 25-9 in the third quarter as Saskatchewan’s defence held the Cascades to just six points in the first eight minutes of the second half. The Cascades trailed by 22 points going into the fourth, made a bid for a comeback outscoring the Huskies 19-17 in the frame, but Saskatchewan’s strong third quarter lead was too much to overcome. UFV shot 33 percent in the second half and committed 16 turnovers in the loss. The Huskies also won the battle on the boards outrebound the Cascades 46-35.
Manny Dulay, Surrey, BC led the Cascades with 12 points, while Parchment and James York, Richland, Washington each scored 10. Parchment also had team-high six rebounds for UFV.
“Saskatchewan came out strong tonight, we fell behind early and could not overcome their strong third quarter. We have an opportunity tomorrow to earn a berth in the “Final Four” but we will have to play like Friday night to earn the series win,” commented UFV head coach Adam Friesen.
UFV Cascades Canada West Quarterfinal Schedule
(Best 2 out of 3 series)
Men at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Friday, February 22 Cascades 83 @ Sask Huskies 64
Saturday, February 23 Cascades 58 @ Sask Huskies 78
Sunday, February 24 Cascades @ Sask Huskies 7pm CST