Mark Janzen, Trinity Western University
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Fraser Valley exacted a measure of revenge as the Cascades earned a series split with Trinity Western after beating the Spartans 93-79 Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
After TWU (2-2) nabbed an overtime win at UFV (2-2) on Friday night, the Cascades returned the favour, knocking off the Spartans in their home-opener.
UFV had six players hit double-digits in points, led by Manny Dulay, who had 18 points and seven rebounds.
With the Cascades leading by five points following the third quarter, the visitors quickly established a 10-point edge, 76-66, less than three minutes into the fourth quarter and TWU was never closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Spartans were led by Vartan Tanielian (Surrey, B.C.), who had 21 points to go with seven boards. Patrick Vandervelden (Abbotsford, B.C.) had 15 points and Peter Spangehl (Surrey) had a team-high eight rebounds.
Anthony Gilchrist added 17 points for UFV while Vijay Dhillon had 15, Andrew Morris had 12 and both Navjot Bains and Denver Sparks-Guest each had 10. Sparks-Guest also had a team-high eight rebounds.
TWU shot 36.6 per cent from the field while the Cascades shot 41.7 per cent.
"It would have been nice if we had the energy and focus that we needed for the full game," said Spartans coach Aaron Muhic. "At times, it was good, but I know that we can rebound and defend better. Our guys worked hard but working hard with a purpose is better than working hard with no purpose. We knew they were going to be a wounded bear and I thought we competed but we didn't compete well enough to win. We're a young team and getting guys to have good games back-to-back is something we have to work on."
The Spartans opened a 26-19 first quarter lead, but that soon disappeared, with UFV outscoring TWU 23-15 in the second quarter to take a 42-41 advantage into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Cascades extended their lead to as much as 13 points, 58-45, before the Spartans responded, getting back to within five points, 69-64 going to the final frame.
"The third quarter is something we need to focus on," Muhic said. "We didn't have a good third quarter last night or tonight. We just need to learn from this and grow and that's what we're going to do."
In the fourth quarter, UFV pulled away. The Cascades opened an 83-71 lead and despite TWU closing to within six points, 83-77, the visitors held off the Spartans for a 14-point win.
TWU now travels to play UNBC Nov. 18-19. The Cascades have next week off before hosting UNBC Nov. 25-26.
Game Notes: UFV had a 52-42 edge in rebounds…the Cascades had a 27-18 advantage in points off the bench.