UFV Cascades basketball teams eliminated by Winnipeg – Abbotsford News

The Winnipeg Wesmen spelled the end of the season for the University of Fraser Valley Cascades men’s and women’s basketball teams last week.

The men faced Winnipeg in the Canada West Round of 16 on Friday, March 4 in Calgary.

The Cascades led by no less than 16 points in the second quarter and led by 10 points at the end of the third, but the Westmen fought back to take the victory 83-79.

“Thanks to Winnipeg – they hit shots when they needed it,” UFV head coach Joe Enevoldson said. “Don Dayrit was phenomenal in the second half. He took it upon himself – hit a couple threes early (in the third quarter) and showed why he’s the second leading scorer in the conference. We settled in a bit offensively – we got a bit iso-dominant, and that was enough to sway him. They often went to the line, and we didn’t. Unfortunately, that’s how the game went.

Zubair Seyed scored a team-high 16 points for the Cascades, and Dylan Kinley added 12. The aforementioned Dayrit was Winnipeg’s leading scorer and for the game with 23 to go with five steals.

Turnovers were a key factor in the game, as UFV committed 25-14 from Winnipeg. The Wesmen had 18 points on those turnovers, with UFV scoring just nine on Winnipeg’s errors.

The loss marks the final chapter in the college careers of Cascades graduates Vick Toor and Jordyn Sekhon.

The young women’s team met a veteran team from Winnipeg in the quarterfinals and couldn’t overcome a 22-11 second quarter, ultimately losing 75-69 to the Wesmen in Calgary on Sunday (March 6).

Maddy Gobeil managed to keep the game close and the Cascades pushed the Westmen in the second half. The second-year guard had a monster game with 31 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Gobeil shot an impressive six of nine from beyond the arc and 11 of 19 overall from the field.

Julia Tuchscherer was the only other Cascade to reach double digits, as she scored 16 points to go with four rebounds. Kyana Giles of Winnipeg led the Westmen with 24 points and Keylyn Filewich added 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Winnipeg dominated on the glass, passing the Cascades 50-36. Despite the loss, Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said the game was a good experience for his relatively young team.

“I think the important thing is that our journey doesn’t end there,” he said. “We are always a work in progress, always a learning team, and these are important games for us. Clearly, Winnipeg is an extremely experienced and talented team. It will be difficult for anyone to win.

They understand the game on a higher level than us, and tonight they figured out who to turn to at times and how to exploit us. These are things that come with experience. They’re also tall and athletic, and it’s a challenge to keep them off the boards.

Many of the key players on the women’s team are freshmen or sophomores, meaning they’ll be back and likely improved for 2022-23. The women finished with a spectacular 15-3 regular season record and won a division crown for the first time since 2014.

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