Huge fourth quarter draws Spartans even with Cascades

With their season on the line, the Trinity Western Spartans responded with a dominant fourth quarter to top the UFV Cascades 86-69 on Friday evening at the Langley Events Centre.

With their season on the line, the Trinity Western Spartans responded with a dominant fourth quarter to top the UFV Cascades 86-69 on Friday evening at the Langley Events Centre.The Cascades, who upset the Spartans 81-80 in Thursday’s opener of the best-of-three Canada West men’s basketball playoff series, took a two-point lead into the final frame on Friday. But Trinity dug deep, out-scoring UFV 27-8 over the final 10 minutes. The victory enabled the Spartans to even the at one game apiece. The pivotal Game 3 tips off at 7 p.m. Saturday at the LEC. Jacob Doerksen, an Abbotsford native and Rick Hansen Secondary grad, had a monster game, scoring 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting. Kyle Coston (17 points), Tristan Smith (11) and Calvin Westbrook (10) also scored in double figures for the Spartans.Joel Friesen paced the UFV attack with 24 points, including a 6-for-10 performance from beyond the three-point arc. James Elliott (14 points) and Zeon Gray (11) also chipped in offensively for the Cascades.UFV shot a solid .471 from the field in the first half, but the Spartans limited them to a .321 shooting efficiency after the break. TWU held a massive 40-21 edge in the rebounding department.