LANGLEY, British Columbia
-Tonight the Spartans and Cascades finish of the Canada West season with a rematch of the game at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre where Fraser Valley prevailed 88-72. Follow live stats at Canadawest.TV. You can also follow the Spartans on Twitter @TWUSpartans or on YouTube Spartans-SID.

Trinity Western (10-7)
Last Weekend: TRU 89-77 W, 97-92 W
2011-2012 CIS Rank: N/A
2010-2011 CW Record: 21-3
2010-2011 CW Tournament: 3-2, 3rd
2010-2011 CIS Tournament: 2-1, 2nd

The Spartans will play their last game of the season with pressure off, as they have already qualified for the post-season by earning the wildcard playoff position. Trinity Western earned their berth by defeating the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in a two game series last weekend.

Trinity Western has had a remarkable run after the break, earning eight wins in nine games. Their most recent opponent was the WolfPack, who played in the Spartan home gym of the Langley Events Centre. The Spartans ruled their court, making no mistake in defeating the visiting WolfPack twice in a row.

The first game was a roller-coaster ride as the Spartans led for most of the way, but the WolfPack never gave up. Trinity Western netted the first basket of the game, and never stopped rolling. In the first quarter, the Spartans took a lead and maintained it until the first buzzer sounded, ending up with a 22- 16 advantage.

The second quarter saw the WolfPack come on strong. Although the Spartans never relinquished their lead, Thompson Rivers came back to tie the game going into the break at the half. In the third quarter, the WolfPack took their first lead of the game by scoring the first points of the half. But their lead would not last long, as the Spartans came storming back to regain a narrow 59-57 lead by the end of the quarter.

The Spartans finally took a choke hold in the last quarter, as they scored 30 points to take a 89-77 win over their opponent. Sean Peter was the Spartans star player, as he netted 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Game two was a similar style of game, as the WolfPack never gave up but the Spartans showed themselves to be the better team. In four quarters the Spartans were able to hold off the feisty WolfPack, ending with a 97-92 win for the Spartans.

Once again Sean Peter was a standout player for the Spartans, as he managed to snag eight rebounds and sink 27 points. However the Spartans had a winning team effort, as all five starting players broke the 10 point mark.

Fraser Valley (12-5)
Last Weekend: UBC 77-72 W, 94-83 W
2011-2012 CIS Rank: No. 8
2010-2011 CW Record: 10-14
2010-2011 CW Tournament: 1-2
2010-2011 CIS Tournament: N/A

The Cascades have proven to be a daunting opponent this season, and have been on a roll as of late.Their five game winning streak places them in good standing as they play their last game of the season.

Last weekend the Cascades went head to head against the No. 3 UBC Thunderbirds in a two game series on the Cascade home court. In game one, the Cascades posted an impressive comeback over the UBC Thunderbirds. After one quarter the Cascades found themselves down 27-16 against their rival. In the second quarter the Cascades came on stronger, and cut the UBC lead down to two points. It was still anyone’s game at the end of the third period, despite the Cascades having a slim one-point lead in the 53-52 game.

It wasn’t until the middle of the fourth quarter that the Cascades really made some headway in putting the game away. By the midpoint of the quarter, the Cascades gained a lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. Despite being led by Joel Friesen’s 18 points, the Cascades had a wellrounded team effort with five players recording ten or more points. Jasper Moedt was dominant on the boards for the Cascades, grabbing 17 rebounds.

In game two the Fraser Valley team was scoring right out of the gate. They led from first point to the end of the first quarter, going into the break with a 26-17 lead over UBC. The Thunderbirds continued their sluggish play in the second quarter, and the two teams went into the halftime break with the score in favour of Fraser Valley, 51-35.

After the break, the Cascades continued to outpace the Thunderbirds, and took a 20 point lead going into the final quarter. With ten minutes left, UBC tried to mount a comeback but were only able to chip away at the Cascades advantage. At the end of 40 minutes, the Cascades managed to hold off the Thunderbirds and take a 94-83 win to sweep UBC. Friesen once again led the Cascades, this time with 23 points. Sam Freeman added 19 point in the winning effort and six rebounds.

Last Updated: 2012-02-09
Author: Mark Janzen