UBC Okanagan trailed by 22 and almost brings the game back in the fourth before ultimately falling 73-66 to their hosts. Tomorrow's rematch gives the Heat one last opportunity to end UFV's winning streak.
Men's Basketball (Canada West conference play)
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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat were unable to withstand one of the University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team trademark second-half runs as they fell to their host 73-66 on Friday evening at the Envision Athletic Centre in Abbotsford.
The Cascades tore off a 22-5 run in the third quarter to turn a modest four-point lead into a comfortable 21-point cushion, and in spite of a strong UBC Okanagan fourth quarter led by Canada West rookie of the year candidate Heat guard, Aldrich Berrios, the No.7 ranked Cascades went on to win their 27th straight Canada West conference victory.
The UFV men they have not lost since last season (November of 2013), and the Explorer Division leaders improved to 13-0 in 2014-15. The last-place Heat saw their record dip to 2-11.
The two teams clash again on Saturday in Abbotsford (7 p.m., Envision Athletic Centre).
After building a 17-14 lead in the first quarter, the Cascades stretched the margin as high as 15 points in the second, before the Heat closed to within 39-30 at halftime.
UBC Okanagan opened the third quarter by draining a pair of long jumpers – a trey from Dave Manshreck and a deep two-pointer by Mitch Goodwin – but it was all UFV for the next seven-and-an-half minutes, as they essentially put the game away.
The Cascades’ offence dried up in the fourth quarter, as they mustered just 11 points in the frame. The Heat on the other hand charged back into the contest with 23 in the final frame, largely due to the three.
Berrios would score 15 of his 17 points in the final 10 minutes –all on threes – as UBC Okanagan hit six in the quarter with David Manshreck contributing one.
Aldrich Berrios notched a game-high 17 points for UBC Okanagan, while Manshreck scored 16. Manshreck hit on 4-8 on his three point attempts and the second year forward also led the team with seven rebounds in his first action on the court in 2015.
The much more experienced and larger Cascades won the rebounded battle as expected, but just by one (42-41) as coach Pete Guarasci did a good job preparing his team to take care of the glass against a larger foe.
True to form, UFV saw five different players score in double figures – Jasper Moedt had a huge double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Kevon Parchment (16 points), Kadeem Willis (14), Dominque Brooks (10) and Manny Dulay (10) also chipped in offensively.
Aside from their torrid third quarter performance, the Cascades didn’t shoot the ball terribly well – they knocked down just 30.3 per cent of their attempts from the field for the game. But they made up for that with huge volume from the free throw line, getting to the charity stripe for 35 attempts and hitting 24 of them.
The Heat were not as successful getting to the charity stripe on Friday night as their hosts and finished the contest 9-13 (69.2%), but did shoot well from beyond the arc (11-31, 35.5%) and better than UFV from the field at 35.9% (23-64). UBC Okanagan turned the ball over 20 times compared to 13 from the Cascades.
The rematch will be streamed online at canadawest.tv as UBC Okanaga have one last chance to end the Cascades impressive winning streak.
~ With notes from Dan Kinvig (Communications Coordinator | University of the Fraser Valley Cascades)