Cascades struggle on the road against Kamloops

UFV men's, women's basketball teams fall to TRU Wolfpack

The UFV Cascades were swept away by the TRU Wolfpack on Friday and Saturday.

The men’s and women’s teams dropped all four games in Kamloops over the weekend, putting an end to the Canada West calendar year.

The UFV men trailed the full game on Friday, falling behind 25-15 in the first quarter and never recovering to lose 89-75. Vijjay Dhillon led the way for the Cascades with 26 points, and Matt Cooley had a team-high 10 rebounds.

The men’s team is struggling to win the battle of the boards, with injuries to key players Nate Brown and Mark Johnson. The Cascades were out-rebounded 48-38 on Friday.

“We are going to have to find a way to clamp down on defence,” said head coach Adam Friesen. “Offensively, things will always be tough for us currently. We need to find a way to get stops and limit rebounds.”

TRU triumphed 96-66 on Saturday, and shot 52 per cent from the field. Cooley and Dhillon had 13 points apiece.

The WolfPack seized control of the game from the get-go, building a 26-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, and they maintained a significant double-digit lead the rest of the way.

“We didn’t have our best performance out there tonight,” said Friesen. “Thompson Rivers were the better team, and they proved it this weekend.”

The men’s team record falls to five wins and three losses after the pair of games. They are in second place in the Explorer division.

The UFV women had Friday’s game tied early in the fourth quarter, but the Wolfpack went on a run to regain control and win 67-62.

Kayli Sartori led the way with 18 points, while Sydney Williams had a double-double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“Really, a step back from us tonight with respect to our chemistry and how we flow [offensively],” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “I thought Thompson Rivers made us play at a different pace, and we regressed instead of adapted.”

Saturday was more of the same, as the Cascades struggled from the field, and lost 80-59.

The Cascades and WolfPack battled back and forth for most of the first quarter, but things started going sideways for UFV towards the end of the frame. TRU bridged the first and second quarters with an 11-0 run, headlined by a pair of three-pointers from Emma Piggin, thus turning what had been a 12-11 Cascades lead into a 22-12 WolfPack advantage.

The hosts would never trail again they led 42-25 at the break, and pushed the margin to 20 points late in the third quarter.

UFV shot 16 per cent from the three-point line and 35 per cent overall. Taylor Claggett had a team-high 20 points and nine rebounds in a losing cause. Her strong play earned the praise of her coach.

“Taylor battled hard tonight, and that was positive,” Tuchscherer said. “We intentionally looked for her more tonight we liked that match-up, and she got the job done. We need more effort like that.”

Tuchscherer said it was a disappointing trip.

“TRU played well, there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “But when you play good teams, they’re going to play well, and the idea is that you play well… You can’t be surprised by that, you can’t be deflated by that. And we were. We’ve got to figure that out.”

The women’s team now has a record of four wins and four losses, and they sit fourth in the Explorer division.

The teams are now off for Winter Break, until Jan. 8 when the Mount Royal Cougars come to Abbotsford.

Just Posted

Chances Mission donates more than $1,700 to Food Centre

Donation also includes food for Mission Community Services’ program

Child, 3, survives fall from 3rd-floor window with no major injuries

Abbotsford Police Department spokesperson says toddler lucky to be alive after fall of that height

Abbotsford Angels 13U AA win provincial title

Baseball team now heads to Manitoba for Western Canadian Championships

Blue Angels help drive attendance increase at Abbotsford Airshow

Around 90,000 people attended this year’s event; officials to re-evaluate traffic plans for next year

Mayor calls favouritism allegations by Coun. Moe Gill ‘an absolute fabrication’

Gill has been silent since claiming Henry Braun’s friends had unique access to Abbotsford city hall

VIDEO: Abbotsford International Airshow Sunday

Highlights from day three of the 2018 event

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada, sources say

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides used by farmers and hobby gardeners alike

Wildfire smoke blankets B.C. and Alberta, prompting air quality advisories

About 25 new wildfires were sparked between Monday morning and midday Tuesday

Big bucks for painting of small B.C. town

A 1965 painting of Ashcroft by E. J. Hughes exceeded its pre-auction estimate at a recent sale.

UPDATE: ‘Faint fuel odour,’ ‘sheen’ seen on Fraser River beach after tug carrying diesel sinks

Tugboat carrying up to 22,000 litres of diesel sinks in Fraser River Tuesday morning

Column: Mother orca’s display of grief sends powerful message

The grief of this orca mother may not be visible anymore, but we must not forget.

Seven people with ties to Red Scorpions gang arrested in B.C. drug bust

Delta police have secured 94 charges against seven people, including drug and firearm offences

Most Read