Cascade men crush Spartans

The University of the Fraser Valley men's basketball team thumped Trinity Western University in CIS men's action Saturday night.

Dan Kinvig,

Black Press

Actions spoke even louder than words for Jasper Moedt and the University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team on Saturday evening.

Earlier in the week, in an interview with The Abbotsford News, Moedt spoke in frank terms about the confidence he had in his Cascades heading into a high-profile clash with the Trinity Western Spartans at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.

Moedt’s message, in a nutshell: We’re bigger, we’re deeper, we’re more talented. We’ll win.

That they did – the Cascades put together a tough-minded, focused performance and cruised past the Spartans 88-72.

In the aftermath, Moedt admitted he caught flak from UFV bench boss Barnaby Craddock for his comments – Craddock preferring that his players not provide so-called bulletin board material to further stoke their opponents’ competitive fire.

The way Moedt saw it, he was simply expressing his deep belief in his team.

“I realized when I read it in the paper that maybe it came off as a little confident,” explained the 6’7″ centre, who posted 10 points, seven rebounds and one block in the victory. “But it’s just that I believe in us. That’s very important for someone to speak out about.

“It wasn’t so much that I was talking down on them (the Spartans), but I have a lot of faith in our team and what we’re doing at UFV.”

The foundation for Saturday’s win was defence. The Spartans came in riding a six-game winning streak, having eclipsed the 100-point plateau four times during that span. But the Cascades locked it down in the first quarter, limiting TWU to just seven points while registering 19 themselves.

“That set the tempo for us,” Craddock noted. “I thought it was a pretty solid defensive effort from our group.”

The Cascades expanded lead as high as 17 points early in the second quarter, and had a lot of success on the offensive end pounding the ball inside with Moedt and Kyle Grewal.

The Spartans mustered a rally in the third quarter to trim the deficit to seven points (59-52), but UFV stayed calm and pushed the lead back up to 19 midway through the fourth quarter en route to the victory.

In the process, the Cascades (10-5) put some distance between themselves and TWU (8-7) in the race for third place in Canada West’s Pacific Division.

The Spartans, who were missing top scorer Kyle Coston due to a sprained ankle, got 21 points from Calvin Westbrook in the loss. Point guard Tristan Smith, an ex-Cascade, was the only other TWU player in double figures with 12 points. Sean Peter, the Spartans’ second-leading scorer, was held to seven points, less than half his season average.

Cascades guard Joel Friesen had a big night. In addition to guarding Peter for much of the evening, he racked up a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds, shooting 5-for-10 from the field and a perfect 13-for-13 from the foul line. Grewal registered 17 very efficient points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, while Sam Freeman (13 points) and Sheldon Bjorgaard (11) also chipped in.

Craddock noted that at this time last year,  Grewal and Moedt were on the sidelines nursing torn knee ligaments. Their presence was the difference on this night, as the Cascades’ ability to get the ball inside kept the Spartans in foul trouble, leading to UFV shooting nearly three times as many free throws (37-13) as did the Spartans. The Cascades also had a 39-29 edge in the rebounding department.

“It’s a tough match-up for other teams, and we’re going to keep trying to play inside-out,” Craddock said.

Just Posted

Greg Moore Raceway rolls into 2018 season

With new faces on the board, Chilliwack’s hidden gem is ready to step into the spotlight.

Rescue boat theft marks third in 3 years for Agassiz-based SAR team

Eight-metre Spirit of Harrison rescue vessel was stolen Friday night, found Saturday morning

CRA scam the email edition targeted the Mounties in Chilliwack

Fraudsters claim to be from the Canada Revenue Agency but the CRA never operates this way

COLUMN: Student voices give me hope for the future

Student Caleb Pennington wanted to know why something was taken off the agenda. So he asked.

Chilliwack newcomers celebrate multicultural community

Local Immigration Partnership helping new Canadians and refugees settle into new life

VIDEO: NatureKids “critterscape” at Cheam Lake Wetlands

A group of children helped keep invasive species in check at the local park

5 to start your day

Kinder Morgan protests heat up, a horse rescued from a muddy field and more

Georgia Viaduct to shut down for the JUNOs red carpet

Awards take place March 25 at Rogers Arena

A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller

In a series of weekend tweets naming Mueller for the first time, Trump criticized the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

B.C. teachers’ union to ask for higher salaries to help with shortages

B.C. starting teacher salaries are $10,000 to $15,000 lower than Ontario or Alberta says B.C. Teachers’ Federation president.

Few political staffers on Parliament Hill report sexual misconduct: survey

Sixty-five of the 266 survey respondents said they had personally experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment.

Experimental pot lab sprouting cannabis-infused drinks, new edibles

Nestled inside Canopy Growth Corp.’s sprawling marijuana facility outside Ottawa is a special laboratory

Federal committee to examine human trafficking in Canada

The Commons committee plans on holding hearings in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Most Read