FRASER VALLEY STEALS GAME 12013-02-22
The University of Fraser Valley Cascades shot 55% in the second half en route to an 83-64 win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon in Game 1 a Canada West Men’s Basketball Quarter-Final.
With the win, the Cascades take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three series. The winner moves on to the Canada West Final Four.
The Cascades shot 49% from the floor in the game and pulled away from Saskatchewan in the third quarter. The Huskies came into the playoffs as the top scoring and shooting team during the Canada West regular season. Saskatchewan shot just 24% from the field in the second half and just 34% in the game, well below their 46% season average.
Fraser Valley opened the game shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the three-point range to take an 18-9 lead midway through the first quarter. Saskatchewan battled back going on a 15-4 run in the final three minutes of the quarter to take a two point lead after the first 10 minutes.
The Huskies built a seven-point lead four minutes into the second quarter and had an eight-point lead with just minutes to go before halftime. In both instances, the Cascades came storming back having success shooting from long range. Kevon Parchment capped off eight straight Fraser Valley points with a three-pointer as the clock hit zero to end the first half with the Cascades up by three, 43-40.
Fraser Valley continued their hot shooting in the second half outscoring the Huskies 27-10 in the third quarter. Saskatchewan could not get anything going offensively and trailed the Cascades by 20 for much of the fourth quarter.
Andrew Henry poured in 21 points to lead the Huskies. Stephon Lamar had 19 points on the night, while Ben Baker grabbed 10 points and finished just two points short of a double-double.
Sam Freeman posted a game-high 26 points for the Cascades including a 6-for-7 performance from beyond the arc. Kyle Grewal also notched 20 points for the Cascades and Parchment chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The two teams will tipoff again Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the PAC for Game 2. Game 3, if necessary, is Sunday at 7 p.m.