Marauders run into hot hands in B.C.

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades men’s basketball team defeated the McMaster University Marauders, 81-48, to close out the 2012 Honda Way Classic.

The Cascades came out strong on Saturday and played lights out defense. They were resilient all night long holding the Marauders to minimal shots, creating 13 McMaster turnovers, and scoring on numerous two-on-one breakaways. The Cascades shot 52 percent in the first half, while McMaster shot 28 percent.

The Cascades defense held McMaster to nine first quarter points and 25 at the break. UFV led by 16 points at halftime with Sam Freeman, a fifth year guard from Coquitlam, B.C. scoring an amazing 22 first half points.

Freeman and the Cascades continued their hot shooting in the second half as they hit for 45 percent and held McMaster to 23 total points in the half. Freeman led all scorers with 31 points to be named the Cascades player of the game.

Kevon Parchment (Toronto) hit for 12 points including two dunks to spark the crowd at the EAC. Kyle Grewal (Surrey, B.C.) added 11 points and 8 total rebounds as ten different Cascades scored at least two points in the win over McMaster.

Joe Rocca and Brett Sanders led the Marauders with nine points each. Sanders was the Marauders player of the game for his scoring, two rebounds, and one assist.

The Marauders regular season home opener in Ontario University Athletics is set for Nov. 9 against the York Lions.