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Hot second-half shooting paces NCAA's Highlanders past Cascades

Cascades guard Klaus Figueredo drives to the hoop as Chris Patton, the UC-Riverside Highlanders’ 6’10” centre, closes in to challenge the shot. UC-Riverside, an NCAA Div. 1 program, beat UFV 81-61 in exhibition action. - Reelax Faisal Alhumaidi Photography
Cascades guard Klaus Figueredo drives to the hoop as Chris Patton, the UC-Riverside Highlanders’ 6’10” centre, closes in to challenge the shot. UC-Riverside, an NCAA Div. 1 program, beat UFV 81-61 in exhibition action.
— image credit: Reelax Faisal Alhumaidi Photography

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team gave the University of California-Riverside Highlanders all they could handle in the first half of Monday’s exhibition game, only to watch the visiting NCAA Div. 1 squad step on the accelerator after the break.

After centre Jasper Moedt banked in a three-pointer to beat the second-quarter buzzer, the Cascades were within a point of the Highlanders at 33-32.

But the UC-Riverside offence hit high gear in the second half – after shooting just 33.3 per cent over the first 20 minutes, they knocked down 57.6 per cent of their shots the rest of the way, en route to an 81-61 victory.

“We gave them a great game in the first half,” UFV coach Adam Friesen noted. “They just out-shot us in the second half.”

The big men did much of the damage for UC-Riverside – 6’7” freshman Taylor Johns came off the bench to score 18 points and pull down 14 rebounds, while 6’10” Australian Chris Patton tied him for game-high scoring honours with 18 points and six boards. The Highlanders won the battle of the boards decisively, out-rebounding the Cascades 48-26.

Moedt, with 12 points and five rebounds, led UFV in both departments. Klaus Figueredo, with 11 points, was the only other Cascade to score in double figures, while newcomer Kadeem Willis, a transfer from Alberta’s Lakeland College, chipped in with nine points.

The UFV hoopsters are still two months away from their Canada West regular season opener – they host the Lethbridge Pronghorns and Calgary Dinos the weekend of Nov. 1-2.

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