Men’s Basketball: Cascades fall on the road to hot-shooting Bobcats
All five Brandon Bobcats starters scored in double figures in a 101-84 victory over the UFV Cascades in Canada West men’s basketball action in the Western Manitoba city on Friday evening.
Earl Thompson Jr., with 26 points and 13 rebounds, paced the Bobcats, who shot a 49.3 per cent from the field (including 12-of-26 from beyond the arc) in an explosive offensive display.
The Cascades got off to a slow start, shooting just 25 per cent from the field in the first half and falling behind 47-34. They came to life after the break, led by a season-high 21 points off the bench from Denver Sparks-Guest, but were unable to sufficiently slow down the Bobcats.
UFV (2-5) and Brandon (3-6) renew hostilities on Saturday (7 p.m. Central time, webcast at ufv.canadawest.tv).
“As a group, I thought we battled quite hard,” Cascades head coach Adam Friesen said. “We shared the ball, we got a good number of assists (17), and we did well rebounding particularly on offence. I’m quite happy with how we competed. We just ran into a team that played really well tonight.”
The Bobcats led by as many as 20 points (67-47) in the third quarter, but the Cascades stuck with it and opened the fourth on a 14-5 run. After an Anthony Gilchrist steal and breakaway layup with just over six minutes left, the deficit was down to eight points at 83-75.
The Bobcats, though, closed the game on a 13-4 run to secure the win.
“Their team speed was going to be a challenge for us, and they really came out of the gate hot from the outside,” Friesen noted. “That put a lot of pressure on us for the rest of the game.”
Joining Thompson Jr. in double figures were fellow Bobcats starters Chris Stanhope (18 points), Tyvon Cooper (17), Pookie Saunders (14) and John Paul (12).
Sparks-Guest was 10-for-10 from the foul line en route to his highest-scoring game as a Cascade, and Mark Johnson (17 points) and Manny Dulay (13 points, seven assists) also chipped in offensively for UFV. Nav Bains pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds as the Cascades battled the Bobcats to a 43-43 stalemate on the boards. UFV, as a team, had 16 offensive rebounds.
Women’s Basketball: Cox’s 37-point outburst boosts Bobcats past Cascades
A relentless offensive performance from Keisha Cox powered the Brandon Bobcats to a 75-62 win over the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team on Friday evening in Brandon.
Cox, the Bobcats’ fourth-year shooting guard, racked up 37 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field, 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, and 12-for-15 from the free throw line.
Kayli Sartori replied with 20 points for the Cascades (4-3), who get another crack at the Bobcats (3-6) on Saturday evening (5 p.m. Central time, webcast at ufv.canadawest.tv).
“It was a real lackadaisical performance from us,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer analyzed. “We were unfocused, we weren’t able to execute to get a stop when we needed it or get a score when we needed it, and Brandon took advantage of it.”
The Cascades led by five points (31-26) midway through the second quarter after a pair of Shayna Litman free throws, but the host Bobcats ended the frame on a 9-2 run to take a 35-33 lead into the break.
Brandon picked up where they left off in the third quarter, opening on a 12-2 run with Cox leading the charge. Cox poured in 16 points in the frame – when she wasn’t draining three-pointers, she weaving her way into the paint for layups or to draw fouls.
The Cascades went on a 7-1 run, capped by a Sartori three-ball, to cut the deficit to seven (63-56) midway through the fourth quarter, but they would get no closer.
Both teams struggled to take care of the basketball, combining for 53 turnovers (28 for UFV, 25 for Brandon). The Bobcats won the battle of the boards decisively, 49-36.
Lauren Anderson (12 points, 10 rebounds) was the only other Bobcat aside from Cox to score in double figures. Sydney Williams registered 12 points for the Cascades, and rookie guard Amanda Thompson counted a pair of three-pointers among her career-high 10 points.