By Zach Rogers
(ISN) – Daniel Ferguson’s late fourth quarter three pointers powered the Alberta Golden Bears past the University of Fraser Valley Cascades 72-71 in the gold medal game of the Canada West Men’s Basketball Final Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
It is the first conference title for the Golden Bears since 2004-05 and 11th since 1965.
In a back and forth game that saw 14 ties and 14 lead changes the Golden Bears put together a fourth quarter surge to come from behind and defeat the Cascades.
With just under three minutes left, Ferguson hit a three pointer to bring the Bears to within one point. On their next trip down the floor, Matthew Cardoza converted a jump shot giving the Golden Bears the lead at 68-67 with 1:58 remaining. The game went back and forth until Ferguson hit another clutch three pointer with 41 seconds giving the Golden Bears a 72-71 lead. Ferguson’s shot was the eventual game winner.
With nine seconds left the Cascades had the ball and a chance to win the game. Fraser Valley had an open look for three from Jordan Blackman but his shot went long into the hands of Jasper Moet who put the ball in just after time expired.
Ferguson led the Bears in the game with 25 points, while Jordan Baker added another 21 points. On the boards the Golden Bears were led by Todd Bergen Henengouwen with nine rebounds.
The Cascades spread out their offense with four players reaching double digits. Michael James led the way with 14 points. He was joined by forward Jasper Moedt and Jordan Blackman, who scored 12 points and 10 points respectively. Kyle Grewal finished with 13 points and a team high 10 rebounds to record a double-double.
Both the Golden Bears and Cascades will travel to the CIS Championship next weekend in Halifax. This was the first time in school history that the University of Fraser Valley Cascades were in the Canada West Championship.