UFV's Jasper Moedt is congratulated  after the Cascades bronze-medal victory.

UFV's Jasper Moedt is congratulated after the Cascades bronze-medal victory.

UFV’s men basketball team earns Canada West bronze

Defeated the UBC Thunderbirds 87-71 on the weekend in Saskatoon

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team secured the second Canada West podium finish in program history on Saturday evening, defeating the UBC Thunderbirds 87-71 in the conference bronze medal game in Saskatoon.

Third-year point guard Manny Dulay, held scoreless in the Cascades’ semifinal loss to the Victoria Vikes on Friday, bounced back with a huge outing. His team-high 18 points came exclusively on three-pointers – he went six-for-11 from downtown, with many of them coming at critical junctures to swing the momentum back in UFV’s favour.

Dulay was but one of the Cascades’ standouts on this night – four other players scored at least 15 points, including Nate Brown (17), Kadeem Willis (16), Kevon Parchment (15) and Dominique Brooks (15).

“We showed a lot of character,” Cascades head coach Adam Friesen said. “These (bronze medal) games can be tough to play in, but starting with our fifth-years, the character of our group really shone through today. We wanted to get a bronze medal and end on a win.”

A conference bronze medal is still a terrific accomplishment for fifth-year seniors Willis and Jasper Moedt to end their careers with.

“You just reflect on it and realize how important it is to come away with that medal.”