ABBOTSFORD, BC – The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat, 74-52, at the Envision Athletic Centre to improve their Canada West regular season conference record to 4-1. The Heat, making their first Canada West/CIS regular season appearance in Abbotsford, fall to 0-3 in conference play.
The first quarter was very entertaining as the Heat stayed with the more experienced Cascade team. After the first quarter, UFV led by four points. Going into the second quarter, UFV started to find its grove and opened up a double-digit lead (13 points) at the break.
UFV continued to dominate the game in the second half, building up a 23 point lead after three quarters. They held that 20-point lead in the final quarter to win their third straight home game.
“The Cascades are a well put together squad, with a lot of complementary pieces” pointed out Heat head coach Darren Semeniuk.
The Cascades were led by Jasper Moedt (Abbotsford, BC) with a game high 24 points. Joel Friesen (Abbotsford, BC) and James York (Richland, WA) each added 11 points in the victory as nine different Cascades scored in the game. Moedt led all Cascades with 12 total rebounds.
“Jasper and Kyle Grewal (Surrey, BC) are like a twin towers, they move well together,” noted Semeniuk. “Jasper killed us tonight; we need to make a point of finding him and putting a body on him. We can’t let him go straight to the ball on the rebound, catch it and finish it in the air.”
The Heat’s top scorer was third year guard Yassine Ghomari (Vancouver, BC) with 16 points. Fifth year post Simon Pelland (North Vancouver, BC) led the Heat with 8 total rebounds.
When coach Semeniuk was asked for an overall statement on the game he pointed to something his assistant Matt Heyworth said near the final whistle. “Matt simply said this: ‘you know what, we’re getting better’ and I agree. In terms of doing the right things and executing, we are getting better. We had more of those moments in the game tonight that we need to have. We’re just not all the way there yet.”
“I thought we did some good things tonight; defensively we executed part of our game plan,” added Semeniuk. UBC Okanagan limited the high scoring Cascades to 74 points, 15 below their season average. “We held them to 2-11 from three. That was a big piece for us.”
These two teams will matchup again in Abbotsford tomorrow night. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m., Saturday Nov. 19 at the Envision Athletics Centre on the campus of the University of the Fraser Valley.