Friday, 25 February 2011

Cascades shock Trinity Western on late Freeman 3; Alberta wins at home

Fraser Valley 81, Trinity Western 80  6'3" Sam Freeman's three with 8.2 seconds remaining capped a game-ending 15-0 rally as the Cascades came back to shock the Spartans in Game One of their Best-of-3 CW quarter-final in Langley.  Fraser Valley went 13 for 32 from downtown as 5'10" Zeon Gray led the way with 26 points (including 4-6 from downtown) and added nine rebounds.  6'3" Joel Friesen added 23 points including three for four from 3-point range while Freeman finished with 18 points.  6'7" Jacob Doerksen led TWU with 24 points (on 8 for 19 shooting) while 6'1" guard Tristan Smith added 15 points with 9 assists.  Spartans were 10 for 31 from three and only 10 for 17 from the foul line.  Cascades look for the sweep tonight in Langley.  Box Score  also  Calvin Westbrook article by Howard Tsumura (Vancouver Province).

Alberta 76, Victoria 59  6'8" Jordan Baker had another dominating overall performance with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals as the Bears clipped the Vikes in Edmonton.  Baker, a lefty sophomore who continues to provide evidence he will be a Moser candidate before his career is done, knocked in a 3 that culminated a 19-9 Golden Bears run during a 7 minute stretch that bridged the first and second quarters, giving Alberta a 10 point lead - Alberta was never seriously threatened thereafter.  The closest Victoria came was to within six at 42-36 late in the second on an inside move by 6'9" Pierce Anderson (16 points on 8-11 shooting and 5 rebounds), who was the only real offensive threat for the Vikes.  Anderson saw extended time after 6'8" Mike Berg picked up two early fouls and got it going almost immediately.   But the Bears then put the game away to lead by 20 late in the third, courtesy of a 25-11 run led 6'10" Rob Dewar, who went 5 for 5 and had all 10 of his points during the run, plus several big offensive and defensive plays from Baker.  Dewar culminated a mini-run at the end of the first half with a slick dunk in traffic.  6'2" Kenny Otieno had a pair of threes during the first half run by the Bears and finished with 11 (3-4 3's) while 6'3" Todd Bergen-Henengouwen added 13 on a perfect 3 for 3 from downtown.  The teams meet again this afternoon in a 3 PM MT/5 PM ET start with the game again available on SSN Canada.  Box Score

Vikes drop opener to Bears  (Ron Rauch's article in Victoria Times-Colonist)

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