Canada West Men's Basketball Weekend Results - December 1-2, 2017
UFV 87- Lethbridge 98
UFV 75 – Lethbridge 101
The Fraser Valley Cascades suffered a pair of tough road losses in Lethbridge over the weekend. The Cascades came out firing on all cylinders Friday night, shooting 54.8% from the field in the first half, including 9 of 18 from beyond the arc, but still trailed a tough Pronghorns team 47-44 at the break. But the Cascades couldn’t keep up the hot shooting in the 2nd half, and were done in by 27 turnovers on the night, falling 98-87. The Pronghorns Zac Overwater led all scorers Friday with 31 points, while forward Andrew Morris paced the Cascades with 20 points. It was a similar script on Saturday night, another hot start, but a 19-5 run to start the second half sealed the Cascades fate. Guard Kenan Hadzovic came off the bench to lead the Fraser Valley with 20 points, on 7-11 shooting including 6-9 from beyond the arc. With the loss, the Cascades fall to 4-8 heading into the semester break.
Victoria 63 Alberta 89
Victoria 92 Alberta 83
It was a tale of two very different basketball games for the Victoria Vikes during their weekend visit to Alberta, that culminated with the biggest upset of the year in Canada West basketball. On Friday night the No. 3 ranked Golden Bears opened up a 26-12 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, cruising to a 26 point victory. But on Saturday Victoria was able to pull off the shocker, handing Alberta their first loss of the season. The key to the Vikes victory was their brilliant shooting from beyond the arc. Victoria came out on fire, shooting 6-7 from 3-point range in the 1st quarter. Jordan Charles led the three point barrage going 6-9 from downtown, finishing with a game-high 20 points. Victoria improves to 6-4 heading into the holiday break, while the Golden Bears drop to 9-1.
Regina 73 UBC 96
Regina 92 UBC 98 (Overtime)
Connor Morgan put on a dominant performance Friday night at War Memorial Gym, with the second highest scoring total of his UBC career, dropping 36 points, to go along with 10 rebounds 4 steals and 3 blocks in the T-Birds 96-73 victory on Friday night. UBC Head Coach Kevin Hanson says it was one of Morgan’s most complete games of the season, “He got into the zone a little bit there.” Hansen seemed even more impressed with the effort against a quality opponent, noting that Morgan got “another double double for him against a good team. He’s in good control right now, he’s in a really good head space, he’s playing really good basketball.” The win snapped the Cougars seven game win streak.
UBC made it a clean sweep with a 98-92 overtime win on Saturday. It was another monster game for Connor Morgan, who finished with 29 points and 20 rebounds. With the win the T-Birds improve to 10-2 as they reach the holiday break, and an impressive 8-0 on home court.
Brandon 101 Trinity Western 93
Brandon 95 Trinity Western 86
The Spartans put up a strong fight on both of their weekend tilts with the Brandon Bobcats, but ended up on the losing end of the ledger both nights. On Friday night, TWU had a 5 point edge at the half, but the Bobcats reputed for 32 points in the 3rd quarter, capped by a buzzer beating 3 pointer by Tyvon Cooper, who led Brandon with 26 points. Pogos Trunyan paced the Spartans attack with 28 points. On Saturday Brandon jumped out to a 36-17 advantage after the 1st quarter and never looked back, improving to 6-4 on the season. The Spartans fall to 0-10, the only winless team in the Canada West this season.
UNBC 80 Thompson Rivers 86
UNBC 72 Thompson Rivers 93
Thompson Rivers(5-7) head into the holiday break on a three game win streak after a pair of entertaining home wins over UNBC (4-8). Fifth year forward Luke Morris led the way on Friday night, with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Wolfpack’s 86-80 win. TRU enjoyed a more decisive win the following night. The Wolfpack led 26-16 after the 1st quarter, and never trailed in the contest. Morris had recorded a double-double by halftime and would finish with 24 points and 13 rebounds in the contest.
Manitoba 80 UBCO 51
Manitoba 76 UBCO 64
UBCO had an off shooting night Friday, looking overmatched in a 80-51 loss to the Bisons. The Heat shot just 20% from beyond the arc. Forward Cam Servatius had 17 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort for UBCO. Saturday’s contest was a much closer affair. The Heat once again fell behind early and trailed 41-29 at the break. But UBCO made a solid push in the second half, spurred by the great shooting of Aldrich Berrios who scored 21 of his game high 27 points in the second half. The Heat did cut the lead to single digits early in the 4th quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback. The Bisons (8-4) shot just 3-20 from beyond the arc, but managed to hang on for their third straight win. UBCO (2-8) has now lost six in a row.