The Cascades are the No. 2 seed in Canada West.

The Cascades are the No. 2 seed in Canada West.

Cascades host Dinos in playoff series

Best-of-three Canada West men’s basketball series tips off Friday

The University of the Fraser Valley’s men’s basketball team hosts a quarter-final playoff series against the Calgary Dinos starting tonight (Feb. 27) at the Envision Athletic Centre.

The best-of-three series tips off Friday at 6 p.m. at the EAC, with Game 2 set for Saturday at 6 p.m. and Game 3 (if necessary) running Sunday at 2 p.m.

“Hosting a playoff series two years in a row is something not every school gets to do very often,” said Cascades head coach Adam Friesen.  “We’ve done a very good job protecting home court, and the guys really take pride in winning our home games. Our crowds, when they’re loud and cheering, makes life easier for us.”

The Cascades earned a first-round bye after winning  the Explorer Division with a 17-3 record.

The Cascades are the No. 2 seed in the Canada. Six UFV players averaged double-figure scoring this season, led by Canada West third team all-star Kevon Parchment, with 14.7 points per game. The others were Kadeem Willis (12.0), second team all-star Jasper Moedt (11.6), Nate Brown (11.3), Manny Dulay (11.3) and Dominque Brooks (10.9). A seventh player, reserve guard Vijay Dhillon, finished just shy of double digits at 8.8 points per game.

Calgary finished fifth in the Pioneer Division at 12-8 and is the No. 7 overall seed.

The Dinos defeated Manitoba in the first round in consecutive games by scores of 92-81 and 93-81.