VIDEO: NO. 7 RANKED SPARTANS LOOK FOR REDEMPTION AGAINST CASCADES

MEN’S BASKETBALL (CANADA WEST)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
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VIDEO: NO. 7 RANKED SPARTANS LOOK FOR REDEMPTION AGAINST CASCADES

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 7 ranked Trinity Western men’s basketball team (10-2) will host Fraser Valley (4-6) this weekend looking to build upon an eight-game winning streak and get a little payback after UFV knocked the Spartans out of playoff contention last year. The Spartans will take on the Cascades at 8:00 p.m. Friday and 7:00 p.m. Saturday.

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SPARTANS (10-2)
CIS Ranking:  7th
Canada West Standing: 1st (tied)
Last Week: Winnipeg 93-70 W, 93-77 W
Streak: 8 Wins
2009-10 CW Record: 9-9 (5th, Pacific)
2010 CW Playoffs: N/A
2010 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CW Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
TWU Lifetime vs UFV: 7-6

The Spartans will play Fraser Valley this Friday and Saturday for the first time since the Cascades knocked Trinity Western from playoff contention last year with a late-season weekend sweep.

Last year, TWU came into the UFV series with a 9-6 record, and in a playoff position, while the Cascades were 9-7 and needing to win both games to make the postseason. And UFV did just that, by winning both games by an average of 23 points.

So to say the Spartans want to win this weekend’s games would be a healthy understatement. Trinity Western enters Friday’s match-up riding an eight-game winning streak and one that has seen them average 95.5 points per game while only giving up 68.4 points per game.

And through all 12 games this year, the Spartans are still averaging a league best 93.7 points for per game and second best 74.1 points against per game.

Rebounding continues to be the Spartans calling card as they are averaging 43.3 boards per game (1st in CW) and only allowing the opposition 27.8 rebounds per game (1st in CW).  The Spartans are also tops in the conference in defensive field goal percentage (38.4 per cent) and assists per game (19.7).

The Spartans are third in CW in both FG percentage (48.4 per cent) and 3-point FG percentage (37.8 per cent).

Jacob Doerksen is fourth in CW with 21.3 points per game, while Calvin Westbrook is 17th with 14.8 points per game and Tyrell Mara is 29th with 11.6 points per game. Mara is also sixth in rebounding with 8.7 per game while Doerksen is tied for 10th with 7.8 per game.

Doerksen also leads the conference in FG percentage, hitting 68.0 per cent of his shots. Point guard Tristan Smith is fifth in CW with 5.1 assists per game.

CASCADES (4-6)
CIS Ranking: NR
Canada West Standing: 8th (tied)
Last Week: TRU 76-71 W, 92-79 W
Streak: 2 Wins
2009-10 CW Record: 11-7 (3rd, Pacific)
2010 CW Playoffs: 0-2
2010 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CW Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
UFV Lifetime vs TWU: 6-7

The Cascades will play at the Langley Events Centre for the first time this weekend and will be hoping to resurrect last year’s late season success against the Spartans.

Although the Cascades record doesn’t appear to be anything formidable, Fraser Valley will bring a strong squad to Langley this weekend.

The Cascades returned all of their starters from last year’s 11-7 playoff team but have had a bit of an up and down year thus far with a difficult early season schedule and season-long injuries to Kyle Grewal and Jasper Moedt wreaking havoc on Fraser Valley’s first 10 games.

Coming into this weekend, UFV has played three of the top four teams in Canada West with TWU being the fourth. They were swept by Manitoba, but only by a combined four points. They split with defending CIS champion Saskatchewan on the road but then lost both games to UBC on the road. To round out their schedule, they split with Victoria and swept TRU last weekend.

Through their first 10 games, the Cascades are averaging 79.1 points per game (6th in CW) while giving up 80.8 points per game (8th in CW). As a team, UFV is making  44.3 per cent of its field goals (6th in CW) and allowing the opposition to hit 44.3 per cent of its field goals (9th in CW).

The Cascades are second in CW in 3-point shooting, making 37.9 per cent of their shots.

Where UFV might struggle against TWU is on the glass. The Cascades are hauling in just 34.8 rebounds per game (11th in CW) while allowing the opposition 39.4 rebounds per game (6th in CW).

Like last year, Joel Friesen (17.0 pts/gm, 9th in CW), Zeon Gray (15.7 pts/gm, 14th in CW) and Sam Freeman (13.5 pts/gm, 20th in CW) are leading the Cascades offence. Friesen is also the team’s top rebounder with 5.8 per game (15th in CW) with James Elliot not far behind (5.6 rebounds per game, 17th in CW).

-TW-

Last Updated: 2011-01-26
Author: Mark Janzen