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(ISN) – SURREY, British Columbia – The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades squeaked out a three-point 73-70 victory over the Trinity Western University Spartans in men’s basketball pre-season action Thursday night at Semiahmoo Secondary in Surrey, B.C.

“The guys played spirited and played with a lot of energy tonight. They put it on the line and played with great effort. We just need to get better shots and clean up our turnovers – both of which we can get better at,” commented TWU head coach Scott Allen after the game. “These are signs of a young team and the future looks really bright for these guys.”

Guard Justin Bakuteka with 20 points, Taylor Heinrichs with 11 points and seven rebounds and Denny McDonald with nine rebounds, six points and three blocks led the Spartans, while Kevon Parchment with 27 points, nine rebounds and five steals and Nate Brown with 15 points and nine rebounds led the Cascades.

The difference in tonight’s game would be turnovers as TWU finished with 21 to UFV’s 12, which resulted in the Cascades outscoring the Spartans 19-10 off of the turnovers. The Spartans stayed in the contest with excellent rebounding as the edge the Cascades 53-45 including 15 offensive boards.

The Spartans came out strong to start the game and after 10 minutes of play held a seven point, 21-14, lead. Fraser Valley was able to cut into the lead in the second quarter as the Cascades only trailed by five points at the half, 38-33.

Out of the break UFV came out strong and after 30 minutes the game was tied at 48-48.

The two teams went back-and-forth down the stretch with the final outcome being decided with free throws as Keven Parchment went 4-4 and scored a lay-up in the final 30 seconds to give the Cascades the win.

Next up for the Spartans is the University of Western Mustangs on Oct. 16. Game time at the Langley Events Centre is set for 6 p.m. PST.

Game Notes: UFV defeated TWU twice last season: 58-54 and 83-78 in the final two conference games of the year…Jesse Jeffers, who is coming back off of an injury, was strong in a limited 11 minutes – finishing with eight points and two rebounds…

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